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Backseat powers to Garden City glory

REPORT: USA, Saturday
Belmont Park: Garden City Stakes (G1, 1m1f, turf)

BACKSEAT RHYTHM used her turn of foot to get past favourite Pure Clan and win the Garden City by a half-length.

Javier Castellano, who rodethe winner, said: "You have to be patient with her. If you rush her too much, she starts switching leads back and forth. When she went by the other horses, she switched leads. She loved the yielding course. I think this is the best going for her."

Trainer Patrick Reynolds said: 'She's by no means an Amazon, but she's got a great stride on her. It was great coming from that far back with no pace. She's a no excuse filly. She either gets there or she doesn't and she always gives you her best."

He added that the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland on October 11 could be next for the winner.

Sent away the 9-2 third choice, Backseat Rhythm had won the Grade 2 Lake Placid Stakes at Saratoga in her most recent previous start.


Arlington Park: Pucker Up Stakes (G3) 1m1f turf 3yo fillies

THE Paul Cole-trained Jazz Jam could only finish eighth of 13 as a 22-1 chance as Closeout came from tenth under Jamie Theroit toget the better of 28-10 favourite Lucky Copy by a half-length over the soft going.

Sent away the 4-1 third choice, Closeout was making her Graded stakes debut for trainer Tom Proctor.

She most recently was second in a minor stakes at Saratoga on yielding going.

"The distance was a big plus," said Theriot of Closeout's performance.

"The further she goes, the better she's going to be."


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