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DEL MAR, CA – Nick Alexander’s homebred Just Grazed Me burst like a rocket at the top of the stretch en route to a clear and convincing score in Sunday’s $150,000 Fleet Treat Stakes at Del Mar.
Breaking well from the far outside post 7 under Tyler Baze, Just Grazed Me sat off the pace while Impecunious set opening splits of :22.28 and :45.69. Launching her bid through the far turn, Just Grazed Me circled four-wide and emerged home free. Under light urging from her pilot, Just Grazed Me drew off to win the 7-furlong main track sprint by 3 1/2 lengths in a final time of 1:23.60. It was trainer Phil D’Amato’s second Fleet Treat win in three years, having also taken it with Enola Gray in 2016.
“She reminds me of Enola Gray,” Baze said. “When I saw her last week, I thought it was her. She doesn’t get away from there as fast and get into the race as quickly as her, but boy, she can come running. I knew she was good; I just didn’t know she was that good. When I asked her, she cut.”
Show It N Moe It was second-best, finishing 3 1/4 lengths ahead of One Fast Broad, herself 4 1/4 lengths past the 5-2 favorite Spiced Perfection. Impecunious, Kimberlea K, and Loving Lynda completed the order of finish. Donut Girl was scratched.
Just Grazed Me’s win was her second in as many career starts and increased her bankroll to $120,900. The lightly-raced 3-year-old daughter of Alexander’s stallion Grazen had to fight through nagging injuries prior to making her debut last month at Santa Anita.
“The thing I like about this filly is she’s versatile,” D’Amato said. “As a 2-year-old, she had some shin problems, so we took our time with her and took care of that. Since then, she’s really come on strong. She’s very well-composed, very rateable, has a nice little kick, and I think she’s just going to get better.”
Just Grazed Me returned $8.40 to win, $4.60 to place, and $3.60 to show. Show It N Moe It brought back $4.80 to place and $3.20 to show, while One Fast Broad paid $3.40 to show.
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