EIGHTYFIVEINAFIFTY (Forest Camp) put the dreadful experience of his stakes debut behind him in Saturday's $196,000 Bay Shore S. (G3), leading wire to wire for a 2 1/2-length decision. The Gary Contessa-trained sophomore colt was never threatened over the main track at Aqueduct, reeling off splits of :22 3/5, :45 and 1:08 4/5 before finishing seven furlongs in 1:21 4/5, and paid $3.20, $2.60 and $2.10 as the 3-5 choice over five rivals.
"He's a big horse with a big stride," said jockey Ramon Dominguez, who was aboard for the first time. "It didn't feel as if he was going in 1:08, but that's the way it is with the good ones. I had no problem with him."
A 17 1/4-length maiden winner two starts back over the inner track, the bay bolted into the first turn of the 1 1/16-mile Whirlaway S. on February 6, dislodging his jockey prior to leaving the track all together to run wild in the stable area, but emerged relatively unscathed from the startling incident that was blamed on equipment failure, suffering minor scrapes and cuts to his legs. Owned by Lerner, Moirano, Team Stallion Racing Corp., Contessa, Cohen et al, Eightyfiveinafifty returned to the worktab nearly a month later and improved his overall record to 4-2-0-1, $149,500, with Saturday's $120,000 paycheck.
With the easy score, the focus now shifts to Eightyfiveinafifty's immediate plans.
"The next race may be the Derby Trial (G3) (at Churchill Downs on on April 24)," co-owner Harold Lerner said. "Perhaps, then, the Preakness (G1). The big dance (Kentucky Derby [G1])? We're not ruling that out. One thing at a time. We don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves."
Hurricane Ike (Graeme Hall), the 7-2 slight second favorite, remained in second throughout, tracking within a couple of lengths of the winner before weakening slightly in the stretch, and returned $3.20 and $2.80. It was 2 1/2 lengths back to the 10-1 Remand (Successful Appeal), who yield $3.40 and was followed under the wire by Raynick's Jet (A. P Jet) and Noah's Dream (Pulpit). El Rocco (Vicar) was pulled up on the far turn and vanned off. Castaneda (Yonaguska) was scratched.
The exotics totaled $10.20 (exacta) and $37 (1-4-6 trifecta).
Bred in Kentucky by A. Lakin & Sons & James Kintz, Eightyfiveinafifty RNA'ed for $40,000 at the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Sale and sold for $100,000 at the 2009 OBS March Two-Year-Old Sale. He's out of the Unbridled's Song mare Lifeinthefastlane, who is also the dam of an unnamed juvenile filly and a yearling colt, both by Lion Heart, and this is the female family of Grade 2 turf star Know Heights (Ire) (Shirley Heights), runner-up in the 1993 Hollywood Turf Cup (G1).