Senbei Best Of Short Field In Notebook Stakes At Aqueduct

A short field of five New York breds went to the gate for the six-furlong Notebook Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, N.Y., and Senbei, trained by Christophe Clement, had no trouble getting his third black-type stakes victory, 8 1/4 lengths in front at the wire.

The field of six was reduced to five with the late veterinarian scratch of Kenner as the field headed to the gate for this state-bred stakes. The five remaining starters broke evenly, with Bustin Pietre showing his head in front first before Manny Franco put Senbei on the lead. The 2-year-old son of Candy Ride (ARG) stayed in front the rest of the way, with a one-length lead entering the far turn as Bustin Pietre tried to challenge Senbei going into the stretch. The Clement trainee was able to put the challenger away in early stretch and widened his lead as they approached the finish, hitting the wire safely in front of Bustin Pietre, Daufuskie Island, and Bali’s Shade. Cool Laoban rounded out the field.

The final time for the six furlongs was 1:11.49. Find this race’s chart here.

Senbei paid $2.50 and $2.10. Bustin Pietre paid $4.20. There was no show betting for the Notebook.

“I was confident because the jockey [Manny Franco] looked so comfortable on him. When Carmouche [Kendrick, aboard No. 3, Bustin Pietre] came to him at the three-eighths, I was a little anxious, but at soon as he shook him up at the quarter-pole, I thought he looked comfortable and he won going away. He’s a nice horse,” Clement said after the race.

On future plans for Senbei: “He’ll have a break now. We’ve been squeezing him a little bit. He’s had five starts. He’s a good horse and a fast horse. It will be interesting to see if he can come back next year and stretch his speed a little bit.”

“He’s a very nice sprinter. I wanted to break good and then he did the rest. My plan was to go to the lead and slow down the pace if I could. That’s how he likes to run,” jockey Manny Franco told the NYRA Press Office after the Notebook. “As soon as I made the lead, I didn’t feel too much pressure. I was able to slow down the first part and I knew after that I was going to be tough.”

Bred in New York by Dr. Jerry Bilinski, Senbei is out of the Western Cat mare Sweet Aloha. He is owned by Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Darlene Bilinski. Consigned by Stuart Morris, Senbei was purchased by C. Clement, agent, for $280,000 at the January 2020 Keeneland Horses of All Ages Sale. With his win in the Notebook, the 2-year-old colt has four wins in five starts and career earnings of $364,857.

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