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One of the more interesting aspect of handicapping turf stakes in the late summer and fall is the occasional presence of a shipper from overseas.

With so many of the sport’s greatest stars hailing from Europe, it’s natural to give added consideration to any invader from across the “pond.” Yet for every runner that adapts to the sod in the U.S. of A., there are two or three that run as poorly in their new land as they did back home.

So how do you decide which shipper will thrive on foreign shores?

Alterite presented an example of foreign intrigue in the Grade 1 $500,000 Garden City at Belmont Park on Sept. 14. The mile and an eighth turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies marked Alterite’s first start in the United States. In her last three races in France, she had raced in Group I stakes with mixed results. She lost by a nose in the second of those three starts, sandwiching a sixth and 10th between them.

ALTERITE IN THE GARDEN CITY Alteriteinside

Photo courtesy of NYRA/Coglinese Photos

Deciding whether Alterite would turn in a gem or a clunker was tricky, but there was something that made her stand out from the average tourist: Her connections.

She was owned by Martin S. Schwartz and trained by Chad Brown, who had enjoyed great success in the past with European runners. Zagora, last year’s winner of the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, and Stacelita, the champion female turf runner in 2011, both started their careers in Europe and found tremendous success in the U.S. for Schwartz and Brown.

Beyond that, last year’s Garden City had been won by Samitar, who was making her second U.S. start for Schwartz and Brown.

With such a proven track record on her side, Alterite was a very inviting 4-1 in the morning line.

By post time, there were even more believers in the Schwartz/Brown touch and Alterite was sent off as the 3-1 second choice. She then returned $8 to win for following the lead of her talented predecessors and registering a 1 ½-length victory on the other side of the Atlantic.

THE LESSON: Trying to decide which foreign horses to wager on can become a simpler process if you can find - and back - an owner and trainer with a history of success in bringing horses to the United States.

ALTERITE'S PAST PERFORMANCES

Alterite PPs

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Bob Ehalt

Bob Ehalt has been an avid fan of Thoroughbred racing since that day in June of 1971 when he and his father walked from their Queens Village, N.Y., home to Belmont Park to see Canonero II fall short in his bid for the Triple Crown. A veteran sports writer and correspondent for Thoroughbred Times magazine, Bob has covered horse racing for more than 20 years and has won three awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors national writing contest for his coverage of the sport.

Now working at the New Haven Register in Connecticut, Bob has also owned Thoroughbreds since 1995 and was a member of the syndicate that raced Tale of the Cat. He also writes a racing blog for ESPNNewYork.com and is the co-founder of the New York Hot List handicapping service, which is offered at InterBets.com.

His NTRA.com blog received first-place honors in the 2008-09 Breeders' Cup Media Awards, winning in the initial year of competition in the Social Media category.  You can follow him on Twitter at @BobEhalt

 

Image Description

Bob Ehalt

Bob Ehalt has been an avid fan of Thoroughbred racing since that day in June of 1971 when he and his father walked from their Queens Village, N.Y., home to Belmont Park to see Canonero II fall short in his bid for the Triple Crown. A veteran sports writer and correspondent for Thoroughbred Times magazine, Bob has covered horse racing for more than 20 years and has won three awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors national writing contest for his coverage of the sport.

Now working at the New Haven Register in Connecticut, Bob has also owned Thoroughbreds since 1995 and was a member of the syndicate that raced Tale of the Cat. He also writes a racing blog for ESPNNewYork.com and is the co-founder of the New York Hot List handicapping service, which is offered at InterBets.com.

His NTRA.com blog received first-place honors in the 2008-09 Breeders' Cup Media Awards, winning in the initial year of competition in the Social Media category.  You can follow him on Twitter at @BobEhalt

 

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