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Wedding Toast edges Toasting in G3 Comely

By Jenny Kellner | 11/30/2013 05:02 PM ET
Wedding Toast
PHOTO/Adam Coglianese

Wedding Toast went straight to the lead and turned back a late challenge from Toasting on Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack to extend her winning streak to four with a hard-fought victory in the Grade 3, $400,000 Comely for 3-year-old fillies.

The 3-5 favorite, Wedding Toast was hustled to the front by jockey Javier Castellano to lead her eight rivals through an opening quarter-mile in 23.82 seconds, with the half going in 48.04 and three-quarters in 1:11.98. Targeted by the fast-closing Toasting on the turn, Wedding Toast straightened for home with a narrow advantage and dug in through the final furlong to prevail by a head.

Her time for 1 1/8 miles was 1:49.92.

 "She sometimes doesn't break so well, but today she broke well and [Javier] put her on the lead," said winning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin of Wedding Toast, who carries the colors of Godolphin Racing. "She was very game. It looked like the other filly was going to go right by her, but she dug in and showed a lot of gameness. We won a tough photo. She's a very nice filly. We'll discuss plans for her."

Second in her debut in June, Wedding Toast returned to break her maiden by 2 ½ lengths on July 29 at Saratoga Race Course, and next romped by 14 ½ lengths in a front-running optional claiming victory on September 11 at Belmont Park. In her first stakes start, she came from just off the pace to win the Belle Cherie on October 25, also at Belmont.

"I'm really proud of the way she did it today," said Castellano. "I put her on the lead and she fought all the way. At the top of the stretch it looked like [Toasting] was going to go by, but she kept fighting. She didn't want to get beat today." 

Wedding Toast, a daughter of Street Sense out of the Coronado's Quest mare Golden Sheba, returned $3.40 for a $2 win bet. With the winner's purse of $240,000, she now has amassed $411,200.

Toasting, who won the Dream Rush overnight stakes prior to the Comely, was 5 ¼ lengths in front of third-place finisher Teen Pauline.

"She ran well," said trainer Tom Albertrani of the runner-up. "She fought the whole way. We got hung a little wide and that might have made a difference, but the winner ran gamely and kept trying to fight us off."

My Happy Face was fourth, followed by Galloping Giraffe, Flash Forward, Sky Girl, Sheer Drama and Marathon Lady. Street Girl was scratched.