Non Stop Stable’s Noteworthy Peach, second earlier in the year in the Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico. made a four-wide move around the turn before cruising home to a six length victory in the $50,000 Jennings Handicap for Maryland-breds.
Trainer Gary Capuano, who saw his trainee Lexington Street finish second in the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship earlier on the card as the 1-5 favorite, was not surprised.
“He just loves that one-turn mile, that deep stretch,” Capuano said. “I expected a big effort from him today, and he did.”
Favored Admirals War Chest was second, a head in front of Any Court Inastorm. Bridget’s Big Luvy, who led the field through six furlongs in 1:12.64, finished fourth.
Noteworthy Peach, ridden by Jevian Toledo, covered the mile in 1:37.41 and paid $8.20. The Read the Footnotes gelding was bred in Maryland by William Steinbuch, Jr.
Following his Tesio effort, in April, Noteworthy Peach, who has won four of nine with earnings of over $160,000, went to the bench until early October.
“He ran a real big race in the Tesio, and it was a really good second. There really wasn’t a whole lot in the summer for him,” Capuano explained. “I wanted to give him a little break and let him get himself back together and grow up and fill out a little bit. This is the race I was pointing for all year. I was really hoping to get to the Jennings.”