Ozone Park, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Delaware Handicap winner Belle Gallantey
will start from the far outside post versus eight rivals for Thursday’s
$100,000 Affectionately Stakes to begin the New Year at Aqueduct.
Trained by Rudy Rodriguez, Belle Gallantey will be ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr.
from post 9 for the 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares. Most recently the
6-year-old mare had been ridden by Irad’s brother Jose.
Jose Ortiz guided Belle Gallantey to victories in both the Del ‘Cap and
Beldame Invitational as well as off-the-board finishes in the Ogden Phipps,
Personal Ensign and Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
Owned by Michael Dubb and Bethlehem Stables, Belle Gallantey has earned
$1,111,270 with nine wins, 12 seconds and seven thirds from 44 lifetime
Here is the field for the Affectionately in post position order: Simply
Spectacular, Ruben Silvera; Shayjolie, Jose Ortiz; Penwith, Fernando Jara;
Mylitta, Angel Arroyo; America, Junior Alvarado; Agawa, Charles C. Lopez;
Divided Attention, Dylan Davis, Moment in Dixie, Manuel Franco and Belle
Gallantey, Irad Ortiz Jr.
Post time for the Affectionately will be approximately 1:20 p.m. ET.