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Itsallcomintogetha Will get It Collectively in Cab Calloway

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Hilly Fields Secure’s New York homebred Itsallcomintogetha  went wire-to-wire to win the July 20 $150,000 Cab Calloway division of the New York Stallion Stakes Sequence at Saratoga Race Course.

Trained by Phil Serpe and guided to victory by Jose Gomez, the bay son of Weekend Hideaway  improved from a third-place effort to Ramblin’ Wreck  last out in the seven-furlong NYSSS Spectacular Bid to defeat his familiar rival by a neck in Thursday’s one-mile inner turf test for eligible New York-sired 3-year-olds.

Itsallcomintogetha, b, 3/c

Weekend Hideaway — Ladywell Court, by Powerscourt (GB)


Owner: Hilly Fields Stable

Breeder: Hilly Fields Stable (NY)

Trainer: Philip M. Serpe
Jockey: Jose Antonio Gomez

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Equibase at time of entry.

“Last time, we went a little shorter and he rode competitive. He likes to fight,” said Gomez, who won last year’s Statue of Liberty division of the New York Stallion Stakes Series at the Spa. “But when he’s out there on his own, he relaxes a little more, and me and Phil thought the mile would be perfect for him. He broke his maiden going a mile. It just worked out. He was able to break sharp and he had a lot left.”

Away cleanly from the inside post in the field of six, Itsallcomintogetha coasted to the front under confident handling by Gomez to mark opening splits of :24.18 and :49.25 over the firm footing. Vacation Dance  tracked in second, with Willintoriskitall  holding third position over 1-2 favorite Ramblin’ Wreck, who broke from post 5 and was quickly taken in along the rail in the early stages by Irad Ortiz Jr.

Willintoriskitall came under a ride approaching the turn after three-quarters in 1:13.59 while Itsallcomintogetha maintained his advantage over a stubborn Vacation Dance. Ortiz got to work aboard Ramblin’ Wreck along the rail, making up ground with every stride as Willintoriskitall backpedaled after his brief bid at the top of the lane.

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Itsallcomintogetha straightened for home with a 3 1/2-length lead over the advancing Ramblin’ Wreck, who raced in tandem with Vacation Dance to the eighth pole before drawing off to become the lone challenger to the pacesetter. Itsallcomintogetha found more under urging from Gomez in deep stretch and dug in bravely to turn back the challenge from Ramblin’ Wreck, crossing the wire in 1:36.62.

Vacation Dance finished 4 1/2 lengths behind the Danny Gargan-trained Ramblin’ Wreck for show honors, with Willintoriskitall, Twenty Six Black , and Mama Banned Me  completing the order of finish. Gem Than Ten, Laurel Valley , and main track-only entrant Jackson Heights  were scratched.

Serpe said he had expected the Luis Saez-piloted Willintoriskitall to take the early lead after showing speed in a seven-furlong maiden claiming win in 1:21.95 last out at Belmont Park.

“I was surprised,” Serpe said. “I thought Luis Saez was going to be out there on his horse that went :44 and change in his last race. Danny’s horse never seemed to get untracked—I was watching Irad and I think it set up good. I think the two turns is more important than anything because he’s quick and he can get through the turns pretty quickly.”

Serpe added it is likely Itsallcomintogetha will target the 1 1/16-mile, $125,000 Rick Violette for New York-bred 3-year-olds Aug. 17 at the Spa.

Itsallcomintogetha, out of the winning Powerscourt mare Ladywell Court , is a half sibling to the Serpe-trained, stakes-winning Hilly Fields Stable homebreds Goodbye Brockley  and Lady Joan . He banked $82,500 in victory and returned $20 for a $2 win ticket. Itsallcomintogetha has a lifetime record of 2-0-3 from seven starts, adding to a three-quarter-length graduation at fifth asking two starts back.

Video: New York Stallion Series S. (BT)

This press release has been edited for content and style by BloodHorse Staff.

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