NEW YORK (AP) Hard to Stay Notgo dictated the pace and rolled to an impressive victory Sunday in the $125,000 Franklin Square Stakes at Aqueduct.
On paper, the contest appeared loaded with speed horses. Hard to Stay Notgo proved the swiftest of all, taking command shortly after the start of the race for 3-year-old fillies bred in New York. She opened a substantial lead turning for home and finished 5 1/2 lengths better than 9-5 favorite Golden Gem.
Angel Arroyo was aboard for trainer Jimmy Jerkins as Hard to Stay Notgo improved to 2 for 4 with her first stakes victory. The time was 1:12.30 for six furlongs on the fast track.
Hard to Stay Notgo paid $15.20, $6.20 and $5.10. Golden Gem returned $3.90 and $3.60, and Graeme Crackers paid $6 to show.