Big Invasion breaks into Paradise Creek

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ELMONT, NY – Reeves Thoroughbred Racing great invasion stormed the center of the track to wrap a freewheel Asymmetric (IRE) and capture Sunday’s $100,000 Paradise Creek, a seven-stadia Widener turf sprint for sophomores at Belmont Park.

Trained by Christophe Clément and patiently piloted by Joël Rosario, the Declaration of war bay successfully stretched the distance to lead his winning streak to four, including stake scores in the Texas Glitter by five furlongs in March at Gulfstream Park and the William Walker by 5 1/2 furlongs for the last times on May 4 at Churchill Downs.

“He was a little immature at the start and he could be a little strong,” said Clement, who previously won Paradise Creek with Green Mask. [2014] and the pilot of Rosario Too Discreet [2016]. “Joel had him completely disconnected today which was impressive. He finished so well today. We’ll enjoy it for a few days and go from there.

Asymmetric, Group 2 winners at Goodwood in July, made his USA debut for coach Wesley Ward. He slipped away alertly from the outermost 6 post under Irad Ortiz, Jr., riding away with a six-length advantage thanks to a first quarter mile time of 21.87 seconds on the business.

Big Invasion started from fourth position as Asymmetric led the field around the corner with Lucky in second and High Front in third. Big Invasion tipped outside of High Front halfway through the turn as the peloton raced in pursuit of Asymmetric, who completed the half mile in 45.01.

Big Invasion was in full flight as the field recovered, passing a game and determining Asymmetric at the sixteenth marker en route to a 3 1/4 length score in a final time of 1:20.34.

Asymmetric completed the exacta by a half length on Chanceux with High Front, Carpe’s Dream and Maritime Wings completing the order of finish. Sole main track entrant Champagne Poetry, who finished ninth in Saturday’s Grade 3 Soaring Softly event at Belmont, was eliminated.

Rosario expressed satisfaction with Big Invasion’s efforts.

“He was really good,” Rosario said. “He relaxed well today and finished with a run. It was impressive. He looked like he had stretched his legs well along the stretch. It’s exciting.

Ortiz, Jr. said he benefited from Asymmetric’s quick start.

“He broke really hard,” Ortiz, Jr. said. “I didn’t think he was going to show that much speed, but he did. He got knocked down by a nice horse today.

Clement said he would resist the Big Invasion stretch for now and point to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s $175,000 3rd-grade quick appeal, a 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint for college students. sophomore on July 17 at Saratoga Race Course.

“That’s the plan at the moment, but I’ll have to talk to Mr. Reeves about it. He has a lot of speed and I think it would be stupid to take all the speed away from him,” Clement said. “I think we’ll keep it sprinting this year and maybe stretch it next year. It makes sense to keep him a sprinter for now.

Raised in Kentucky by John O’Meara, Big Invasion pocketed $55,000 in victory while improving their record to 5-4-1-0. He returned $4.60 for a winning $2 ticket.

Live racing resumes Monday at Belmont with a special card of 10 races all state-produced, celebrating the best of New York racing with five stakes for the annual Big Apple Showcase Day. The first message is at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

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By Keith McCalmont/NYRA Press Office
Photo by Chelsea Durand

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