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LOUISVILLE, KY – Maggi Moss’ Big World took the lead shortly after the start and posted a 1 1/4-length victory over Romantic Vision to win the 32nd running of the Grade 1, $300,000 La Troienne Presented by Spirited Funds for fillies and mares.
Trained by Tom Amoss and ridden by Florent Geroux, Big World covered the 1 1/16 miles on a sloppy track in 1:44.91.
“Tom left it up to me (whether to go to the lead),” said Geroux. “She broke good, got to the lead, and I saved as much as I could on the backside. When I asked her turning for home, she was there for me and very brave all the way to the wire.”
Big World raced unopposed on the lead with Streamline in closest pursuit. At the head of the lane, Big World opened up on the field and had enough left to hold off a charging Romantic Vision under jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr.
“When we were turning for home, I thought she was going to catch that filly,” said Hernandez, Jr. “She ran a big race.”
Streamline held on to take third by a 1/2-length over the betting favorite, Paid Up Subscriber. She was followed in order by Factory of Faith, Eskenformoney, Impasse, and Go Maggie Mo.
The victory was worth $180,420 and increased Big World’s earnings to $608,820 with a record of 11-7-0-4. Big World is a 4-year-old Louisiana-bred daughter of Custom for Carlos out of the Broken Vow mare Tensas Wedding Joy.
“I can’t thank Maggi Moss enough to have the opportunity with this filly,” Amoss said. “She’s responsible for buying this filly, not me. We just put her in the right spots. Maggi couldn’t be here today, but I know she would say that this is one of biggest moments of her career.”
Big World returned $16, $7.60, and $5. Romantic Vision brought back $11.40 and $6.80, while Streamline paid $4.80 to show.
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Trainer Tom Amoss, Big World – “I saw some speed in the race, so I left it up to Florent (Geroux). He made the front end and was able to control it up there, and that made all the difference.”
Trainer Rusty Arnold, Romantic Vision – “Walking over for the race, I thought she would run a big one, and she did just that. It’s great to run that well in a Grade 1.”
Jockey Chris Landeros, Streamline – “My hat’s off to her. She always gives me 110 percent. I felt that, on a fast track, she kind of takes me there a little more and grabs the track and picks herself up on the backside. Today, she was on a loose rein, and I knew not to push her and let her settle. When I asked her, she gave me a good run the last 1/16th, she just couldn’t handle it as much as she wanted to.”
Trainer Brian Williamson, Streamline – “She just keeps trying. She dug in and tried. She didn’t break as well as I would have liked. She was alright with the track. Maybe if we would have laid on (Big World) a little more … Speed was carrying and the plan was to lay close. She ran big and you can’t ask for anything more.”
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