(Bella Aurora rallies to win Interborough Stakes at Aqueduct / Alyssa Jacobs Photo & Courtesy of NYRA)
Country Life Farm’s Bella Aurora made her first start in New York a memorable one. She climbed up the track and finished a one-length winner as a 37-1 long shot in the $ 100,000 Interborough on Monday for filly and mares aged 4 and up on the Aqueduct Racetrack.
Bella Aurora, a mainstay at Laurel Park, Maryland, hit the wire for the first time in 13 months and posted her second career rating.
On her 4-year debut, the Michael Trombetta trainee bounced back from the last of six when Alisio led the six-horse field in 22.78 seconds and half in 46.50 seconds on the fast main line through a competitive first quarter mile.
Jockey Jorge Vargas Jr. changed his initial plans to get far out, using an open seam on the inside instead. His attack thrived with a running space ahead of him driving down the alley to overtake a rolled field. Vargas Jr. kept Bella Aurora up to date as she completed the seven-year sprint in 1: 25.63 for her first win since gin talking at Laurel in December 2019.
“I was just trying to relax her and move around,” said Vargas Jr .. “In turn, she took my seats and I thought if she continues to do this well, we’ll be fine. When the railing opened, she went through there and just started walking.
“At the corner I tried to save some ground and then work my way out,” he added. “But the hole opened so big that I just went in and got the job done.”
Bella Aurora, the longest shot on the board, returned $ 76.50 on a $ 2 win. Bred by Morgan’s Ford Farm in Virginia, Carpe Diem filly increased her career profit to $ 223,140.
“She has a favorable attitude today,” said Trombetta. “Jorge did such a good job with her. He saved ground and was patient enough that he had enough horse to take the opportunity along the rail. “
Bella Aurora improved to 4-1-4 in 12 career starts.
“That was such a nice surprise,” said Trombetta. “We have to find out what the new plan looks like.”
Needs Supervision, an 8-1 pick, defeated Saguaro Row by a neck to complete the high-priced Exacta [$195.50] at her first start in Big A since her fourth place in Class 3 of 2019 Go for Wand.
“I thought I was in a good place, but they pinched me there and I lost my momentum a little,” said Manny Franco, Needs Supervision jockey. “When I came out, my filly started running.”
Portal Creek, the 4-5 favorite, Call On Mischief and Alisio completed the order of the finish line.
Live races will continue on Thursday in the Aqueduct with a ticket for eight races. First post is 12:50 p.m. East.