Wertheimer & Frere have yet another promising homebred youngster in TOUPIE, winner today of the Stewart Manor Stakes at Aqueduct. The 2-year-old filly by Uncle Mo out of the Tapit mare Ameritume was making her fourth career start at her fourth different track. Jockey Jorge Ruiz made the trip up to New York to ride her in the six furlong stake on the outer turf course.
Stretched out to 8 1/2 furlongs in her last outing, the Jessamine Stakes Presented by Keeneland November on October 6, she finished 10th. She was back in her wheelhouse today with the shortened distance, as confirmed also by her first two races in which she finished first and second.
Jorge granted NYRA analyst Maggie Wolfendale a rare interview after the race – his first stakes win at a New York track:
“She is a very smart filly. Graham Motion and his team did a great job with her,” he said. “The instructions were to break well and get good position. I just waited for my run. I rode her at Colonial and she finished second. Today, she responded big when I asked her.”
Congratulations to Wertheimer and Frere and to Jorge Ruiz!