Ambassador In Love put on a strong closing drive to beat All Smarts by half a length in the New York Stallion Stakes for 2-year-olds Saturday at Aqueduct.
Ridden by Jorge Chavez, Ambassador In Love rushed up the middle of the track in the drive for the wire.
The victory was the second in eight starts for Ambassador In Love, who carried 119 pounds.
All Smarts, 117, ridden by Craig Perret, who had been undefeated in his only two prior starts. Favored Carr's Pleasure, 113, finished third.
Ambassador in Love covered the mile on the fast track in 1:38 1/5 to earn $96,000.
The winner returned $20.80, $6.40 and $2.80. All Smarts paid $3.60 and $2.40 and Carr's Pleasure was $2.40 to show.
Driver facing tough decision
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- Hall of Fame harness racing driver John Campbell said he will delay making a tough decision for as long as possible.
Campbell drove Miss Easy to her 14th victory of the year and the Breeders' Crown Filly Pace championship Friday night and was in the bike again when Artsplace won the Colt Pace in a world record time of 1:51 1/5 .
If principal owner Lou Guida and the rest of his syndicate decide to run against Miss Easy in the big races for 3-year-olds next summer, Campbell will have to make a choice.
"I don't have to make that decision now, so I'm not going to," Campbell said. "I might never have to make it because she might never run with the colts.
Campbell would not compare the two standardbreds although Artsplace's world record was nearly two full seconds faster than Miss Easy's 1:54 Friday night.
"Let's just say he's the best 2-year-old colt in the world and she's the best 2-year-old filly in the world," said Campbell, whose 1990 winnings jumped to a record $11.5 million with the two wins Friday.
Until the four 2-year-old Breeders' races, Miss Easy had held the world record for 2-year-olds at 1:51 2/5 . After Friday night, that was a fifth of a second slow.
Miss Easy did, however, become the first 2-year-old filly to become a millionaire, upping her total for the year to $1.1 million with her 15th win in 17 starts.
"She's head and shoulders above any 2-year-old filly I've ever driven," Campbell said. "She has some year-end problems that are catching up with her but she overcame them tonight, and that's what counts."
Coast-to-coast series planned
HALLANDALE, Fla. -- Organizers hope a coast-to-coast series of televised races with a total payoff of more than $8 million will boost the profile of the thoroughbred horse racing industry.
"For most fans, I believe racing now begins and ends with the Triple Crown and the Breeders' Cup," said Barry Weisbord, president of Matchmaker Racing Services, the organizer of the 10-race production. "The rest of the year is a blank screen, unless you are a serious fan."
Matchmaker aims to change that with the American Racing Championship Series, a mix of new and existing races with minimum purses of $500,000 for 3-year-olds and up. All of the races will be on dirt, and none are limited to female entries.
A formal announcement is scheduled Wednesday at a pari-mutuel symposium at the University of Arizona in Tucson.