Avery Island made most to win the mile G2 Nashua Stakes in good style on dirt at Aqueduct, USA, on Sunday, November 5.
This was a second consecutive victory for the two-year-old Street Sense colt and the hope is that he could progress to be a Kentucky Derby candidate.
Avery Island, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin and partnered by Joe Bravo, made all for a decisive victory in a Belmont Park maiden over an extended mile on September 30.
He was slightly slow into stride when bumped emerging from the stalls, but soon recovered and raced a close second before taking the lead in the third furlong.
Avery Island was two lengths ahead entering the straight and shook off a challenge to go clear inside the final furlong, winning going away by four and three quarter lengths from Super Sermon in 1m 37.58s.
Kiaran McLaughlin said: “Avery Island is improving all the time and has gone from winning a maiden to this pleasing success in a G2.
“He was under pressure for the first half-mile, but then shook loose and went on. He is a nice horse with a big, long stride, who has been training well.
“The longer the better for him. He's a big strong horse with a big stride. He wants to run all day.
“The next target is the G2 Remsen Stakes over a mile and an eighth back at Aqueduct on December 2. We are taking things one step at a time.”
Joe Bravo added: “Avery Island is big and going to keep growing into himself. I have high expectations. He really finished up the last eighth of a mile.”