New Money Honey took the lead right out of the starting gate and never looked back as she cruised to a two-length victory in the G3 Wonder Again Stakes at Belmont Park June 8.
The nine-furlong Wonder Again kicked off the three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, which concludes Saturday with the running of the G1 Belmont Stakes.
A field of six 3-year-old fillies went to the post in the Wonder Again, with New Money Honey going off the even-money favorite. The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, who was making her second start of the year, was hoping to rebound from a third-place effort in the G3 Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland. As a 2-year-old, New Money Honey broke her maiden in her second start, taking the G3 Miss Grillo Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths. She capped off her juvenile season with a half-length win in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.
Breaking alertly under jockey Javier Castellano, New Money Honey went straight to the front. She was tracked closely by Dream Dancing in second.
The order remained the same through the early stages of the race. As the field entered the far turn, Dream Dancing put in her bid and began to close on the longtime leader. New Money Honey found another gear however, and spurted away from the field, eventually cruising under the wire well in-hand.
Fifty Five rallied late to take second, with Dream Dancing another 1 1/2 lengths further back in third. Final time for the nine furlong turf contest was 1:48.07.
New Money Honey was bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, LLC, and was purchased for $ 450,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September Yearling sale. She is out of the Distorted Humor mare Weekend Whim, a full-sister to G1 winner Any Given Saturday, and a half-sister to Bohemian Lady, winner of the G3 Cicada Stakes.
New Money Honey is owned by E Five Racing Thoroughbreds, and trained by Chad Brown.
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