Joevia sets himself up for more with comeback win at Aqueduct

Picture: Robert Mauhar/NYRA

Getting into Friday’s comeback race, the connections of Joevia supposed to run their newly grew to become 4-year-old in some most sensible occasions for older horses this season — with possibly the Dubai International Cup (G1) a number of the bunch.

The son of Shanghai Bobby then went out and did little to squelch that enthusiasm when profitable Race 7 at Aqueduct, a 6 1/2-furlong allowance non-compulsory claiming dash.

Away at 2-1 in a box of six, Joevia, who used to be final observed surroundings the tempo and preserving for 3rd in final June’s Belmont Stakes, tracked dueling leaders Seethisquick and Mr. Dougie Recent via opening fractions of 23.69 and 47.63.

Because the half-mile time flashed up, Joevia ranged to their out of doors, then took over on the most sensible of the stretch as soon as the early leaders light. He completed up in 1:18.87 underneath jockey Junior Alvarado, preserving off the past due run through rallying Identification Politics down the middle of the monitor. The margin of victory used to be a period after all.

Gregg Sacco trains Joevia for brothers Michael and Jeff Fazio. Prior to the Belmont, he changed into a stakes winner at their house monitor, Monmouth Park, within the Lengthy Department. Plans to move within the Haskell Invitational (G1) later in the summertime had been dashed because of a minor foot factor, and Sacco stated a hyperextended knee put the colt at the sidelines the remainder of his sophomore season.

From right here, Joevia may just head to Oaklawn Park for the Grade 3, $500,000 Razorback going 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 17. Sacco prior to now stated the $12 million Dubai International Cup (G1) is a attention past that.

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