New York-Breds General Banker, Arctic Arrogance Breeze At Belmont, Eye Withers - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

New York-Breds General Banker, Arctic Arrogance Breeze At Belmont, Eye Withers

Central Banker colt General Banker, under Eric Cancel, wins the NYSSS Great White Way by more than eight lengths

Seacoast Thoroughbreds of New England's New York homebred General Banker, who finished a closing third in the Jerome on Jan. 7 at Aqueduct Racetrack, had his first breeze back over the Belmont Park dirt training track Sunday.

The son of Central Banker covered a half-mile solo in :49.65, which ranked 25th of 116 timed moves at the distance.

“I had him a few ticks faster than the clockers did, but he galloped out five-eighths pretty good,” said trainer Jimmy Ferraro.

General Banker earned his first stakes victory two starts back with an emphatic maiden-breaking score in the $500,000 NYSSS Great White Way, dominating his 10 rivals by 8 1/2 lengths with a rallying trip under Eric Cancel. He made his open company debut in the Jerome and finished third after racing keenly and running up on the heels of a foe down the backstretch.

“He was a little on the muscle last time,” said Ferraro. “I don't know if he would have won, but he would have been closer if he hadn't been [so keen].”

Ferraro said General Banker has been nominated to the nine-furlong $250,000 Withers (G3) Feb. 4 at the Big A, which offers 20-8-6-4-2 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the top-five finishers.

“We're going to take a good look at that,” said Ferraro. “They've got the [state-bred] Gander on Feb. 25 going a mile, too.”

General Banker boasts a 9-1-3-1 record with total earnings of $363,600.

Also breezing Sunday over the Belmont training track was Chester and Mary Broman's graded stakes-placed New York-homebred Arctic Arrogance breezed six furlongs in 1:15 flat. The Frosted colt, trained by Linda Rice, finished a game second last time out in the Jerome. He also is one of 20 horses nominated to the nine-furlong Withers.

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