Jeffrey Sanchez rode Miss Blakely to victory for trainer Joe Orseno in the one mile turf test, the final stakes on the Gulfstream schedule before closing day on Thursday. The daughter of Smart Strike paid $25 for $2 to win and was timed in 1:34:94 over ‘firm’ ground. Chester Bishop and partners’ pace-setter Oilgonewile finished third, a half-length before the runner-up in the field of nine 3-year-old fillies.
“The instructions from the trainer (Joseph Orseno) were to stay four or five lengths back. I was looking to get in (good) position. The pace was really fast (at the start) and we broke a little too wildly out of the gate, but once I was able to relax her and settle in, I sensed we had a good opportunity (to win the race). The pace didn’t bother us. At the three-quarter pole I started feeling real good, and coming around (the final turn), I just had way too much horse for the rest of the field. “
Winning Trainer Quote
“We did what we were able to do based on her form at the time when she broke her maiden for $25,000 (claiming tag) at Calder in December after her first start (last of six at Meadowlands). Then we got her on grass and she liked it. After she got beat a length in the allowance (Feb. 4) I started thinking that she deserved a chance in a race like this, although it came up lot tougher than I thought it would. But she was under-developed as a 2-year-old, which is why we got her for such a reasonable price ($25,000) at the Adena Springs sale. There wasn’t anything wrong with her, just underdeveloped. She’s Ontario-bred and there is a restricted stakes for $250,000 on turf at Woodbine that we’ll consider, although we’ll probably run her someplace before that.”
22:79, 47:20, 1:11:16 & 1:34:94