Look no further than Saturday’s G1 Alabama as a prime example of why filly and mare racing is superior this year, as Proud Spell and Music Note provided a battle royal down the stretch. Gutsy Proud Spell prevailed by a head.
Contrarians will argue the final time (2:04.08) was slow, but I firmly believe that flat-out blazing speed isn’t the be-all end-all of horse racing (gasp!). Some of the very best races are masterful demonstrations of pacing and tactical speed. After all, the point isn’t how fast you get over the line, but that you are the first one over.
With the win, Proud Spell takes a dominant lead in the TBA 3-year-old filly standings. In fact, all five top fillies—Proud Spell, Indian Blessing, Golden Doc A, Little Belle, and Music Note—have earned more points via graded stakes performances than all (even Curlin) in the Older Horse category, all but Einstein in the male Turf category, and all but Big Brown in the 3-year-old Colt category. Enough said.