Manuel Franco sweeps twin stakes for state-breds at Aqueduct
Jockey Manuel Franco won both $100,000 stakes for New York-bred 2-year-olds on Sunday at Aqueduct.
The races were remarkably similar. Both were front-running victories with identical 3-3/4-length margins at the finish.
Franco got the stakes double started when The Lewis Dinner bested Sandra in the Key Cents for fillies. Rudy Rodriguez trains the winner, who got her second victory in five starts, paying $9.60 to win. The time was 1:11.04 for the six furlongs.
Regal Minister improved to 2 for 2 in the Notebook, beating Breakin the Fever for an $18.40 win payoff. The colt trained by Mark Hennig was timed in 1:12.27.