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Edited NYRA Staff Release — Chad Brown, winning trainer of Accede (No. 3, $10.20) and fourth-place Shidabhuti (No. 8): “She broke with good intent and I was happy with her on the lead, but if somebody wanted to go, it was fine to let them go. That’s what we [Irad Ortiz, Jr.] talked about in the paddock. He worked out a great trip and the filly cooperated. Not only did she run great, she broke good from the gate. She was professional all the way through.

“She really came through today and Irad [Ortiz, Jr.] really gets along with her. The team at Juddmonte did a great job with her. Last year, she ended her season with a win at Keeneland, but she wasn’t really looking like a horse to jump back into stakes. They took her and gave her some time off and sent her back to me very strong and sound, moving great. Based on how she was training all winter fresh off the farm, I’m not surprised that she’s made it back to this point.

“We sort of settled on cutting her back in distance and turning her into a sprinter this year, and she’s so much sounder and stronger this year. I was really pleased to see the progression she’s made from 3 to 4.”

On potential next starts at Saratoga Race Course in the seven-furlong Grade 1, $500,000 Ballerina on August 24 – a “Win and You’re In” for the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint – with a possible prep in the six-furlong Grade 2, $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap on July 24: “I’m not sure [if the Ballerina is next]. That’s an awful long way away. I’m not sure if I’ll run her again. [The Honorable Miss] could be [in between].”

Irad Ortiz, Jr. winning jockey aboard Accede (No. 3): “She broke better than ever today and that helped. I think she fits the seven-eighths perfect. She broke out a little, but I corrected her as soon as I can. After that I let her be there and let her be happy. The horse outside of me [No. 10, Beguine] probably had more speed than my filly, so before the half-mile I let them go ahead and just followed them. I don’t have too much room, so I had to wait. I had horse but nowhere to go, so I bided my time and waited. Turning for home, something opened between those two horses [No. 9, Leave No Trace and No. 10, Beguine] and I go for it and she responded well. She deserves a lot of credit – she went for it.

“Sometimes a space opens and I want to go, but the horse sometimes don’t help that much – they get intimidated, but she [Accede] has a big heart and wasn’t scared at all when I asked her. She didn’t even think about it, she just goes forward. She listened to me and that’s great.

“That horse Just Katherine [No. 5] is a nice filly. They cut her back to seven-eighths today and she did great today. I was lucky to get through today and beat them, but she gave me a good fight for sure, that filly.”

Manny Franco, jockey of runner-up Just Katherine (No. 5): “She ran huge. I missed the break a little bit and the winner came out and the outside horse came in a little bit. They took me out of there, so I took my time after that and didn’t rush her, just let her get her feet underneath her and she came running. It was a big effort.

“When she hit the front, I think she got a little bit tired. She needed the race. Seven [furlongs] is perfect for her – good pace and she comes running.”

Winning margin: neck

Final time (seven furlongs): 1:22.83

Fractions: 23.22, 46.01, 1:10.63

Full order of finish: 3-5-7-8-6-9-4-1-10-2

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