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
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
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
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.