Unlimited Budget raced in hand as she prompted the pacesetter through an opening quarter-mile in 22.81 seconds and claimed the lead through a half in 45.97. After brushing off a challenge from 1-2 favorite Brilliant Jewel near the quarter pole, Unlimited Budget needed only moderate urging from jockey John Velazquez to stretch her advantage as Squeal came from off the pace to nab second.
Todd Pletcher trains Unlimited Budget for Mike Repole, who purchased the bay filly for $475,000 at the OBS March Selected Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training.
“We thought with her being a Street Sense she’d be running a little later, so we didn’t get in a rush with her,” said Pletcher. “It worked out well. We were looking for a seven-eighths first time out. She trained pretty well, but that was even better than expected.”
Unlimited Budget is out of stakes-placed sprinter Unlimited Beauty, making her a half-sister to Grade 3 Flash winner Beacon Shine and Grade 3 Schuylerville heroine and Grade 1 Spinaway runner-up Jardin.
“It’s a nice blend of speed and stamina,” said Pletcher of Unlimited Budget’s pedigree. “She put herself in a nice position down the backside. She didn’t give us the impression she was quick enough to win going five and a half to six furlongs. I was a little surprised she was that close to the pace. The fractions were pretty quick, but it seemed like she was doing it in hand. I loved the way she galloped out and finished, so we’re pretty excited.”
Other horses previously featured in the New York Watch series include 2010 Champion Two-Year-Old Male Uncle Mo, 2011 Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Royal Delta, and Grade 1 winners Boys At Tosconova, J. B.’s Thunder, Winter Memories, Currency Swap, To Honor and Serve, Alpha, The Lumber Guy, and Dreaming of Julia.