New York Bred Juveniles Set to Compete in $150,000 Bertram F. Bongard Stakes

New York Bred Juveniles Set to Compete in $150,000 Bertram F. Bongard Stakes

Category : News - Sat 20/09/2014 - 16:54 EDT

The state-bred breeding program in New York will take center stage on Sunday at Belmont Park with the 21st edition of the $150,000 Bertram F. Bongard Stakes. Restricted to two-year-olds bred in New York, the seven-furlong contest has drawn a field of six.

Topping the field at morning line odds of 9-5 is Bullheaded Boy for trainer Todd Pletcher. Purchased for $115,000 at OBS in March by Gary Barber, the two-year-old son of Bullsbay won his debut effort over a sloppy track as the heavy favorite at Saratoga. He was third in the Funny Cide Stakes in his first try against winners. John Velazquez will remain aboard and the pair will break from post five.

Super Saver two-year-olds making a big impact

Second choice at morning line odds of 2-1 is Market Conduct. Purchased for $100,000 as a yearling, the bay colt is from the first crop of Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver. Trained by Chad Brown, he won his debut against state-bred maiden competition at Saratoga in August. Irad Ortiz, Jr. was aboard for his debut win and they will break from post position three for his first try against stakes competition.

Saratoga Heater makes first start for Lisa Lewis

Also in the field and breaking from the inside post at odds of 7-2 is Saratoga Heater. A $100,000 purchase in April for PR Racing, the bay son of Temple City will be making his first start for trainer Lisa Lewis. After a sixth-place finish behind Bullheaded Boy in his debut, he won at next asking at Saratoga to break his maiden. Joel Rosario will be aboard for the first time.

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