SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – A strong field of eight other 3-year-old fillies were no match for Morticia in Monday’s $100,000 Coronation Cup at Saratoga Race Course.
Off sharply from the 8 pole as the 2/1 favorite, Morticia and jockey Jose Lezcano tracked outside the early pace set by No More Babies through a quick 1/4-mile in :21.42. Entering the far turn, Morticia began to eat into the 3/4-length lead, and by the exit had caught her foe.
Lezcano set Morticia down for the stretch drive, hitting the 1/2-mile marker in :43.99 before completing the 5 1/2-furlong trip in 1:01.27. She was 3/4 of a length ahead of a three-horse photo for second consisting of Epping Forest, Hidden Mystery, and Heavenly Score.
The results of the photo for second showed Epping Forest a neck in front of Hidden Mystery, who had another neck on Heavenly Score. Let It Ride Mom, No More Babies, India Mantuana, Lady Alexandra, and Yorkiepoo Princess completed the order of finish.
Trained by George “Rusty” Arnold and owned by G. Watts Humphrey, Jr., Morticia is now five-for-seven lifetime, including a perfect four-for-four in turf sprints. The daughter of Twirling Candy increased her career earnings to $273,225 with the $60,000 winner’s share.
Morticia returned $6.60 to win, $3.80 to place, and $2.50 to show. Epping Forest brought back $5.30 to place and $3.20 to show, while Hidden Mystery paid $4.30 to show.