Sent off as the even-money favorite, Sweet Repent and jockey Manoel Cruz stalked the early pace set by Amazing and Elvis Trujillo and they made their big run coming down the stretch in the 1 1/16 miles race. Sweet Repent got to the wire just in time to defeat Amazing and covered the distance in 1:46.91. she paid $4.00, $2.80 and $2.60.
Winning trainer’s quotes:
David Braddy — “I definitely wasn’t sure she could get there with the way that horse (Amazing) was going so well on the lead, but she did. This was definitely the best field of horses she’s beaten so far and winning a Graded stakes certainly takes her to another level. The plan now is to run her in the Sunshine Millions (Distaff at Gulfstream Park) and then give her a little break.”
Winning jockey’s quotes:
Manoel Cruz – “We were sitting in the perfect spot and had the perfect trip today and it’s a good thing we did, because the horse that was on the lead (Amazing) ran a huge race as well. When I asked my filly to run, she responded right away and was running like she was going to go right by the leader. Then the other filly just started to break away from us again and I had to work pretty hard with my filly to get the job done.”
About Stage Door Betty:
A daughter of 1968 3-year-old champion Stage Door Johnny, Stage Door Betty won three races as a 2-year-old at Calder in 1973, including the Vizcaya Stakes. She was trained by Bert Sonnier and owned by longtime South Florida horsewoman Betty Sessa, who passed away in January 2001 at age 67. Stage Door Betty won stakes at Gulfstream and Hialeah as well, and also won the Pageant Handicap (G3) at Atlantic City in 1974.