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It’s always nice when people with more expertise confirm your own opinion. Good to know that you’re not completely wasting your time ad, worse, your money.

On Friday, we selected and bet a three year old filly named Peaceful to win the Christiecat Stakes. She held her position nicely for the first half mile, giving herself every chance, but when the real running started she wasone-paced and never threatened.

We wrote in our next day recap; no excuse but hold open the possibility that she might not have liked the rain-soaked turf course.

Here’s what trainer Jonathan Thomas told the NYRA press staff: ” The ground was probably softer than she liked,” he said. “I think it might have compromised her. We’ll make no excuse for that but we’re proud of her effort anyway.”
Good enough for Thomas; good enough for me. Stable mail, please.

We saw one of her works and thought ‘hey, this filly Euro import East might be all right’. Then I remembered, of course she’s OK: She finished second to Newspaperofrecord in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

She’s had two works since shipping into Christophe Clement’s barn shed and she could run as soon as the next week in the Pebbles Stakes.

“She looked very good,” Clement said, and the Pebbles is a possibility. “We’ll see how she comes out of her work. She’s trained well and she’s been with us for a while.”

Well, OK then…
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