The five-year-old New York-bred daughter of Personal Flag scored the first stakes victory of her career in the 137th running of the $82,100 Ladies Handicap as she rallied through the stretch to beat Nijinsky Bullet by three lengths.
“It was her distance,” said winning trainer Patrick Quick of Borrowing Base, whose lifetime record is now 6-9-11. “I told some of the owners on the way here, I feel sorry for the other horses in the race – she was doing so well coming into it. In the Montauk (November 30), they went in 1:17 and change and she never got a chance to run. Today, she did.”
Under rider Javier Castellano, Borrowing Base was well back in the field of seven fillies and mares as longshot Rap Tale set fractions of 25.38, 49.94, 1:14.12 and 1:39.76. Straightening for home, the dark bay mare launched her bid and, after bumping with Nijinsky Bullet in midstretch, continued on to hit the wire in 2:07.30.
After a stewards’ inquiry into the stretch run, the race was declared official, and a claim of foul by the rider of Nijinsky Bullet was disallowed.
“She likes to go that far,” said Castellano. “The more distance, the better for her. I don’t think she bothered anybody at the top of the stretch.”
Following Nijinsky Bullet under the wire were Julie B, Rap Tale, Laguna Plateada, Runway Rosie, and beaten favorite Sweet Goodbye.
Sent off at 8-1, Borrowing Base returned $18.40 to her backers in the crowd of 3,487.
“This was a wonderful way for her to wrap up the year,” said Quick. “She’ll get a break now – I’ll probably take her out to my farm in East Patchogue.”
Sunday was the final day of live racing before Aqueduct’s holiday break, with live action set to return on Friday, December 26, with a Pick Six carryover of $159,027. The Big A will remain open for Holiday Simulcasting from Monday, December 15 through Tuesday, December 23, with gates opening at approximately 11:30 a.m.
LADIES HANDICAP QUOTES
Winning trainer Patrick Quick on Borrowing Base (No. 5): “It was her distance. I told some of the owners on the way here, I feel sorry for the other horses in the race – she was doing so well coming into it. In the Montauk (November 30), they went in 1:17 and change and she never got a chance to run. Today, she did. She’ll get a break after this. I will probably take her to my farm in East Patchogue.”
Winning jockey Javier Castellano: “She likes to go that far. The more distance, the better for her. I don’t think she bothered anybody at the top of the stretch.”