SYDNEY'S EMERALD WINS!!
Sydney's Emerald our three-year-old daughter of Cloud Hopping broke her maiden at Aqueduct despite not getting the best of trips. Sydney sat off the early pace, got shuffled back down the backstretch then responded by showing a good turn of foot to rally wide on the turn for home and grind down the pacesetter late to score the victory.
Kiaran McLaughlin's assistant said, "We didn't get the cleanest of trips. We got spun four wide on the first turn, and then we got a little bottled up midway down the backstretch. Eibar did a good job getting her out in the clear, and when he asked her she responded. She was clearly the best filly today."
Winning jockey Eibar Coa said, "We got bumped by the five horse at the start and got hung wide. They had us boxed in for a few jumps, so I got her outside. I knew from the last race she had a nice acceleration. When I pushed on her she really started picking ip her feet. I had to keep after her in the stretch. She got up to the leader, and I had to keep working on her to make sure she stayed with her business. She got the job done."
The win pushed Sydney's Emerald's earnings over $47,000 from seven career starts.