Thursday, January 29, 2009
Just Like Mama
After watch 1-9 favorite Elusive Heat crush race 8 at Gulfstream, all I can say is this filly is going to be a SUPERSTAR!
Seriously, I can’t remember the last time I was this excited by a young horse.
Cranking out fractions of 21.96, 44.51 and 56.58, she traveled 6f in 1:08.94—nearly a second faster than in her last race, the G3 Old Hat over this very course, and just a couple ticks off the track record. The most amazing thing was Alan Garcia—he most famously of the “vigorous handride”—sat on her like a stone (except to look back a couple times in the stretch)—NEVER MOVED AN INCH!
Considering her pedigree, it’s doubtful she can stretch out much beyond 7f, so I’m not envisioning Kentucky Oaks here. With the proper handling (which she will undoubtedly receive from Kiaran McLaughlin), she’s an easy winner of the G1 Test and G1 Prioress later this summer—and then maybe take on the older fillies and mares in the G1 Beldame, or better yet, the boys! Whether she can handle an artificial surface (such as Santa Anita’s ProRide) is a whole other question, but, boy, it’s going to be fun watching her run!