Irad Ortiz, New York Central Run Down Matera Sky In Saudia Sprint

The $1.5 million Saudia Sprint looked over at the head of the lane when frontrunner Matera Sky pulled away by as much as ten lengths, but reigning U.S. champion jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. drove locally-based New York Central to run down the leader and win by a head on the wire. A 5-year-old son of Tapit, New York Central is trained by Sami Al Harabi and owned by Prince Faisal Bin Khaled Bin Abdulaziz. He stopped the clock for 1200 meters, approximately six furlongs, in 1:11.68 over the fast dirt course at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Saudi Arabia.

Jockey Yutaka Take and trainer Hideyuki Mori looked ready to go back-to-back on the Saudi Cup undercard after they teamed up with Full Flat to win the Saudi Derby. Take drove Matera Sky past American speedsters Imperial Hint and Captain Scotty to make the early lead, and the Japanese-trained horse pulled away from the field convincingly as the field turned toward the wire.

Ortiz, meanwhile, allowed New York Central to settle near the rear of the field, then pulled him out to the center of the course to make his bid. Matera Sky led by as much as ten lengths in mid-stretch, but New York Central closed the gap and got up by a head just in time for the finish. Gladiator King checked in third, and Maypole was fourth.

Imperial Hint, favored in the American pools, faded in the stretch and was eased up by Joel Rosario to finish at the rear of the field.

Previously trained by Steve Asmussen, New York Central was a G3 winner in the United States. He brought $240,000 at the Keeneland November sale at the end of 2019, and his first local start was the victory in the Saudi Sprint.

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