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Updated: June 10, 2021 at 4:42 pm
3rd-Belmont, $78,300, Msw, 6-10, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f, 1:06.47, ft,
9 3/4 lengths.
VELVET SISTER (f, 2, Bernardini–Backslash, by Sharp Humor), bought for $500,000 after breezing a :10 1/5 furlong at Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream, debuted a sharp maiden winner Thursday at Belmont for Stonestreet Stables and Steve Asmussen. Showing a quartet of half-mile works at Keeneland, highlighted by a :47 2/5 (5/99) spin from the gate May 8, and a pair of maintenance spins over the local training track, the New York-bred was made a distant 12-5 second choice in a three-horse field behind 1-2 Chad Brown firster Gerrymander (Into Mischief). Out-breaking that rival as remaining foe Amazing Dream (First Samurai) stumbled, the bay dictated terms narrowly while pressed by the favorite through a :22.72 quarter. Gerrymander began to come under more urging nearing the stretch as Joel Rosario sat chilly on the frontrunner, and Velvet Sister shook away outside the furlong grounds, driving clear from there to win wrapped up late by 9 3/4 lengths. Gerrymander, who swapped leads several times in the stretch, was second; Amazing Dream never got involved. The winner is a half-sister to My Boy Tate (Boys At Tosconova), MSW, $584,988. Her dam is responsible for a yearling Frosted filly and foaled a filly by Congrats Apr. 9. Sales History: $165,000 Ylg ’20 FTKSEL; $500,000 2yo ’21 FTFMAR. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $49,500. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
O-Stonestreet Stables LLC; B-Michelle Nevin & Godolphin (NY); T-Steven M. Asmussen.