Triple A. Rating
By Jenny Kellner | 03/27/2010 03:33 PM ET
Triple A. Rating proved himself a worthy investment as he dominated a maiden race Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, becoming the sixth horse to be featured in the recently introduced “New York Watch” series, which shines the spotlight on promising colts and fillies that have recently cleared the maiden and allowance ranks at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, or Saratoga Race Course.
Third while running greenly in his debut at the Big A on March 10, the 3-year-old gray son of Value Plus pulled everything together in his second start, a six-furlong maiden race with a purse of $40,000. Breaking alertly under jockey Fernando Jara, Triple A. Rating seized command immediately, zipping through fractions of 23.29, 46.84 and 58.58 before drawing clear of his five rivals to win by 3¾ lengths.
Sent off as the 6/5 favorite, Triple A. Rating covered the six furlongs in 1:10.62 over the fast inner track, paying $4.40 to win.
Jonathan Thomas, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher, was delighted with the result.
“His first race was a strong race, number-wise,” said Thomas. “We thought he would run a bit better than he did, but he took some dirt in his face and was a little green. Today, we were confident if he broke well and didn’t take any dirt, he’d run well.”
Triple A. Rating, owned by Starlight Partners, was a $160,000 purchase at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Yearling Sales.
His sire, Value Plus, was trained by Pletcher and was 3-4-1 from 15 starts for earnings of $414,595. A winner of three stakes, Value Plus was also second in the Grade 1 Florida Derby in 2004 and second in the Grade 1 Futurity in 2003. Triple A. Rating’s dam, Crafty Gal, a daughter of Crafty Prospector, won five of her nine starts and is the dam of nine foals, seven of which are winners.
“From a rider’s standpoint, he’s an easy horse to manage, so there wouldn’t seem to be any distance limitations in that respect,” said Thomas. “But six furlongs seems to suit him right now, so that’s where he’ll stay.”