Jonesy Boy earns first stakes win in Queens County
By Jenny Kellner | 12/14/2013 04:34 PM ET
Kicking into high gear at the top of the stretch, Jonesy Boy earned his first stakes victory on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack with a last-to-first effort in the 108th running of the $100,000 Queens County for 3-year-olds and up.
Patiently handled by jockey Rajiv Maragh, the 4-year-old son of Smarty Jones was content to run in fifth behind favored Sliver and Onions and Percussion, who dueled through an opening quarter-mile in 24.16. With Spa City Fever joining the fray as the half went in 49.64 and three-quarters in 1:14.01, Don Dulce hit his best stride on the turn but Maragh angled Jonesy Boy to the far outside and he was up in time to hit the wire a neck in front.
Jonesy Boy's winning time for 1 1/8 miles was 1:52.02.
"We went in with the intention of sitting back and letting him fall into his stride," said Maragh of Jonesy Boy, who is trained by Kelly Breen. "I was hoping that the speed would develop, and it sure did. Midway on the turn I saw I had a great shot to win; I only had a couple lengths to make up and it seemed like my horse was just getting into his best stride. At the top of the lane, he switched leads and really put in a good run. I felt if he maintained the run, he was going to win, and he did."
Sent off at 6-1, Jonesy Boy returned $15.60 for a $2 win bet and earned $60,000 for owners George and Lori Hall. It was the second victory in as many starts this year for Jonesy Boy, who on October 31 won an optional claimer at Laurel Park. Overall, he is 4-2-0 from six starts, including a second-place finish in the Sam's Town Stakes at Delta Downs last November, with earnings of $151,330.
Runner-up Don Dulce was four lengths in front of Spa City Fever, with Percussion and Sliver and Onions completing the order of finish.