December 27, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) Sudden Surprise delivered another win Sunday, beating Dr. Shane by a half-length in the $150,000 New York Stallion Stakes for 2-year-olds at Aqueduct.

The colt owned and bred by former beverage executive Mike Repole improved to 5 for 6.

John Velazquez returned from Gulfstream Park to ride the 1-5 favorite for trainer Todd Pletcher.

''It was an easy day down there in Florida, so I might as well take the call here,'' Velazquez said. ''I try to follow him, so I don't lose him.''

It was strictly a two-horse race. Sudden Surprise set the pace with Dr. Shane following closely in second.

Those two were 9 1/4 lengths clear of third-place finisher Bluegrass Prevails.

Sudden Surprise paid $2.60, $2.10 and $2.10.

Dr. Shane returned $2.80 and $2.10. Bluegrass Prevails paid $3.10 to show.

The time was 1:11.38 for six furlongs.

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