ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Orlando Noda is currently overseeing a barn of 14 horses at Belmont Park with half the stable showing up on the work tab this morning led by popular New York-bred stakes winner T Loves a Fight, who covered five-eighths in a swift 1:00 flat.
Claimed for $10,000 in May 2019, T Loves a Fight has made 13 starts for Noda Brothers posting a record of 4-2-2 including a memorable three-race win streak last summer that provided the up-and-coming conditioner his first win at Saratoga.
Bred in the Empire State by Hoffman Thoroughbreds, the 6-year-old Girolamo gelding was off-the-board last out in the Grade 3 Toboggan on January 18 at the Big A.
“We gave him five weeks off after his last race. He’s doing well,” said Noda.
First Line, a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred son of First Samurai, continues to train forwardly for Noda. The maiden chestnut earned a 67 Beyer Speed Figure for a second-place effort last out on February 28 at Aqueduct.
He breezed in company Saturday with 5-year-old Danny California, a four-time winner who captured a nine-furlong allowance last out on February 23 at the Big A. The pair went six furlongs with First Line clocked in 1:13.18 and Danny California in 1:14.18.
“First Line worked today against one of my best horses right now and he went in hand,” said Noda. “He went six furlongs in 1:13 and galloped out in 1:27. He’s sharp.”
Noda said that New York-bred Titan’s Will, a sophomore gelding owned by Zilla Racing Stables and Acqua Nova Stable, is currently enjoying some downtime after finishing fifth in his stakes debut in the Damon Runyon on March 15 at the Big A.
“The owners decided to give him a little time off. He’s on the farm in Kentucky,” said Noda.
Noda enjoyed a successful start to 2020 posting a record of 8-9-6 from 38 starts with purse earnings of $377,172 at the abbreviated Aqueduct winter meet. His up-and-coming barn finished fourth in the Under 20’s Claiming Challenge which earned Noda an additional $11,000.
“That really helped out and paid a few bills,” said Noda. “We had horses in the money in stakes and ‘starters’ that didn’t count, but the ones we had in claiming races did really well.”
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Photo: T Loves a Fight. Credit: Adam Coglianese/NYRA