Heavily favored Bellera prevails in Aqueduct's Ladies Handicap

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Making her first get started since profitable the Grade 3, $200,000 Comely on November 29, Mathis Solid’s Bellera did not disappoint her backers warding off a sport effort via Fortunate Transfer in deep stretch to win the 149th renewal of the $100,000 Girls Handicap on Sunday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Breaking alertly from publish five because the 1-2 mutuel favourite with Jose Lezcano aboard, Bellera used to be despatched to the lead ahead of 30-1 longshot Nonsensical charged to the entrance atmosphere fractions of 25.59 seconds for the hole quarter-mile with the part moving into 49.89.

On the three-eighths pole, Bellera moved previous the chief with Fortunate Transfer in shut pursuit. Hooking up on the most sensible of the stretch, Bellera and Fortunate Transfer engaged in a struggle to the cord with Bellera extending away within the ultimate yards to safe the victory via three-quarters of a duration.

She finished the 1 1/eight miles distance in a last time of one:54.87 over the sloppy primary observe.

“She broke actual excellent out of the gate and he or she used to be there the entire time for me,” stated Lezcano, who gained his 5th stakes of the Aqueduct Wintry weather meet. “After I requested her, she gave me the whole thing she had. She truly fought laborious within the stretch with the opposite filly [Lucky Move] to head directly to win the race.”

Returning $Three for a $2 win bet, the 4-year-old Bernardini filly boosted her occupation income to $264,960 selecting up her 2nd consecutive stakes win from seven begins. She used to be additionally the 6th favourite to win from 8 races on Sunday’s card.

“She broke smartly,” stated Byron Hughes, assistant to profitable instructor Todd Pletcher. “She were given the lead and the 3 [Nonsensical] overtook the lead down the bottom and Jose did a excellent process of ready. I used to be glad he did not chase after her. I used to be happy he rode patiently. I am happy all of it labored out.”

Some other Large completed a duration at the back of the pair in entrance for 3rd adopted via Entropia and Nonsensical. Annie Rocks and Our Tremendous Nova have been scratched.

Are living Racing continues at Aqueduct Racetrack on Monday for a different Martin Luther King Memorial Vacation nine-nine race card that includes the $100,000 Interborough. First publish is 12:30 Japanese.

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