A gelded son of Crusader Sword, Tin Cup Chalice is now unbeaten in five starts, and the Mike Lee was, by far, his most impressive victory. Not only was it his first time on a new track, but it was also the first time he raced beyond six furlongs.
Neither these new challenges, nor the crowd of 6,129, did not seem to bother him.
In the lane, new challenges came from Groomedforvictory and Megapixel, but neither could get to the winner, who came home in 1:24.12 on the fast main track.
Tin Cup Chalice, who paid $11 to win, carried 121 pounds, getting a two-pound break from both Groomedforvictory and Be Bullish.
With the Mike Lee put away, Tin Cup Chalice will now eye the $150,000-added New York Derby at a mile and a sixteenth at Finger Lakes on July 12 and Saratoga’s $150,000-added Albany Handicap at nine furlongs on August 20. All three make up the OTB’s Big Apple Triple, and if he can win all three races, he will receive a $250,000 bonus from the New York State Breeding & Racing Program.
That’srightofficer was fourth and it was far back to Peperoni, Be Bullish, Motor Patrol and Half Moon Street.