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Sweet Reason prevails in allowance comeback

  • Sweet Reason will point to the Gazelle following this allowance prep (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Sweet Reason, a dominating winner of the Spinaway at Saratoga last summer, made a successful sophomore debut at Aqueduct Friday, taking a $67,620 nonwinners-of-three allowance for three-year-old fillies by a half-length.

An overwhelming favorite at 15 cents on the dollar, the daughter of Street Sense overcame a slow pace of :24 2/5, :51 and 1:16 2/5 set by Aqua Regia and wore down the pacesetter in the final sixteenth under Irad Ortiz Jr. She covered one mile on the fast inner dirt in 1:40.

"It was a little nail-biting because you aren't expecting it to be quite that close, but I thought it was great because she learned to gradually pick it up (and) sit there next to horses, trainer Leah Gyarmati said. "She broke super, so that went well. She ran great. She was supposed to run good, and she did."

This was the first outing for Sweet Reason since a fourth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on November 2, where she started as the 5-2 favorite. In between the Spinaway and Breeders' Cup, Sweet Reason finished a brave second in the Frizette at Belmont Park after breaking well behind the field.

"If we are going to try to make the ($350,000) Gazelle (on April 5 at 1 1/8 miles), you don't want to come back off a long layoff and have her just lay it all out there and then have to run back in 30 days," Gyarmati said. "I kind of think this was perfect because it was well within her, (she) did it easily, it was a nice work, she learned something, she came back happy, and, hopefully, the next step will be a forward move instead of just a level move or a downward move."

Sweet Reason has earned $499,000 for Treadway Racing Stable.

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