BG’s Folly scores upset in $500,000 NJ Classic

BG’s Folly held off favored All Speed Hanover by a nose in

capturing the $500,000 Anthony Abbatiello SBOA New Jersey Classic

at the Meadowlands on Saturday night.

Driven by Brian Sears, BG’s Folly paced the mile for 3-year-olds

in 1:49.1 in matching the stakes record set by Feelin Friskie in

2006. The George Berkner trained colt returned $18.40, $5.40 and

$3.60 in getting to the winner’s circle for the fourth time in 12

starts.

All Speed Hanover, who won one of the two eliminations last

week, paid $2.60 and $2.10. Allthatgltrsisgold, who was a close

third, paid $4 for show.

“At the quarter pole, I didn’t like my spot, but I started

going forward,” said Sears, who was forced to come first up at the

half. “That’s where I landed, and I knew I was going to pull All

Speed Hanover right into the head of the lane. It wasn’t a pretty

journey, but the horse raced great.”

Berkner purchased the son of Rocknroll Hanover for $21,000 as a

yearling. Berkner’s wife, Ginny, shares ownership of BG’s Folly

with Martin Goldman of North Caldwell, Chad Aaron of Morgansville,

and William Salmeri of Albany, N.Y.

“He looked magnificent tonight,” Berkner said. “Yes, I was

surprised that with All Speed Hanover on his back, he still dug in

to win.”

Valentino, who won the other elimination last weekend, broke

stride early and finished last.

Put On A Show ($2.80) delivered a stakes record performance in

the companion $175,000 Thomas D’Altrui Miss New Jersey for

fillies.

Driven by Tim Tetrick, Put On A Show tracked down the leader

Naughtytiltheend in the stretch and drew off to 2 3/4-length

victory in 1:50. She supplanted Galleria’s 1998 Miss New Jersey

clocking by one-fifth of a second.

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