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CULTIVATING CLASS

Posted by on 9/17/2013 8:35:37 PM

Gardening is about cultivating plants but online sports betting site players know that the recently run Garden City Stakes was all about cultivating class.

French import Alterite sat about 3 lengths off the pace early, got within a half-length of the leader turning for home, then blew by the favorite Discreet Marq to win the Grade 1 $500, 000 Garden City going away with a credible 92 Beyer Speed Figure.

She is now 4 for 10 in her career as she finally broke through at this high level. Last year she was third a neck in a Group 1 at Longchamp and at the end of May this year she was 2nd beaten just a nose in the Group 1 Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary.

Sired by Group 1 winner and over $1.2 million earner Literato, Alterite is the first from an unraced dam. She hails from the same family as Group performers Celimene, Ask for the Moon and last year’s Epsom Derby third Astrology.

Owner Marty Schwartz and trainer Chad Brown teamed up in the same Garden City last year with classy miss Samitar, who won this race with a 90 Beyer and has subsequently won a pair of $100,000 races since.

Turning the race into a dash for home, Discreet Marq figured to be tough to catch after her early cakewalk

But Summer of Fun and Alterite both tackled the longtime leader down the stretch, and Alterite quickened best of all. Her rider Johnny Velazquez was impressed, Velazquez: “She was going so good that I didn't worry about (the pace). Chad just said, 'Make sure you tuck her in a little bit during the first part and work your way through and let her finish.' I didn't really have to work my way through, though. I just took her around and, at the eighth-pole, let her roll right up to the horses in front of me. She did it pretty easily.”

Alterite’s trainer was very happy, Brown: “I think she ran terrific. She looks great. She came over to me in real good shape from her previous trainer (Jean-Claude Rouget), and she just settled in beautifully. Each week she's been here, she's adapted more. She's a high-strung horse, and I thought she handled herself in the race very well. She should improve from here. Based on what I read, and based on what I've heard from her previous trainer, she prefers soft ground. She ran terrific today, but I've got to tell you, I don't think firm is her preferred surface. If she can catch a little more give in the ground, she's probably even more effective.”

What’s next for Alterite? Her owner has options, Schwartz: “We'll talk to Chad as to what might be next. I'd like to go to California again, but she likes a little cut in the ground. We were going to go to the QEII at Keeneland (Grade 1 on October 12), and there's always the E.P. Taylor (Grade 1 on October 27 at Woodbine). She'll stay a mile and a quarter as she did in France. The sky's the limit, as they say.”

Wherever she shows, online sports betting enthusiasts must respect her.

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