OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Trainer Robert Falcone, Jr. opted to scratch graded stakes-placed Kept Waiting from Sunday’s $150,000 Floral Park and will instead point the 5-year-old daughter of Broken Vow to Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Noble Damsel at Belmont at the Big A.
Kept Waiting was made the 2-1 morning-line second choice for the six-furlong Floral Park but will instead attempt a graded stakes going one mile on the grass in the Noble Damsel. She last saw action when securing an optional-claiming score on September 29 at the Floral Park distance. A dual surface winner, Kept Waiting won the Broadway in February at Aqueduct over the main track en route to a runner-up finish behind multiple graded stakes winner Glass Ceiling in the Grade 3 Distaff over the same surface in April.
Kept Waiting has not seen the one-mile distance since finishing third in a starter optional claimer in January 2021 at Santa Anita, which came following a fifth-out maiden victory.
Falcone, Jr. expressed optimism in her distance capabilities.
“She seems like she would be [able to get the distance],” Falcone, Jr. said. “A lot of it will shape up on who else enters the race and how it plays it out. If there’s speed in the race, she can sit comfortably and be fine. She should be OK with the same closing kick, hopefully. We just have to hope for a little pace and hope she can get the mile.”
Owned by Sandford Goldfarb, Irwin Goldfarb and Nice Guys Stables, Kept Waiting is a six-time winner and boasts earnings of $382,350. She is entered in the Fasig-Tipton November Breeding Stock Sale as Hip. 193 and is consigned by ELiTE Sales.
Falcone, Jr. reported that stakes-winner Spirit And Glory (IRE) emerged from a troubled journey in Saturday’s Grade 2 Sands Point in good order with no set plans for her next start. The Irish-bred Cotai Glory filly won the Virginia Oaks at Colonial Downs in her previous start.
“She came out of it really well. It was just an unfortunate trip,” Falcone, Jr. said.
NYRA Press Office
Photo: Kept Waiting wins the Broadway at Aqueduct earlier this year (NYRA/Coglianese)
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