Check out all the latest podcasts including The Magic Mike Show and Blinkers Off
Check out all the big upcoming stakes races
LOUISVILLE, KY – Princess Grace put away pacesetter Positive Danger around the far turn and opened a clear lead in the stretch to comfortably win Saturday’s 30th running of the $200,000 Mrs. Revere (G3) at Churchill Downs by 2 3/4 lengths over a closing Pass the Plate.
Owned and bred by Susan and John Moore, Princess Grace ran 1 1/16 miles over a fast track in 1:44.00 to collect her first stakes win. Florent Geroux rode the winner for trainer Mike Stidham.
A traditional turf fixture, this year’s Mrs. Revere was transferred to the main track because Churchill Downs’ turf course has not satisfactorily responded to this fall’s climate. Because of the surface switch, the Grade 2 event was automatically downgraded to a Grade 3 by the American Graded Stakes Committee.
Princess Grace, who finished a 1/2-length back of Stunning Sky in last month’s $150,000 Valley View (G3) on turf at Keeneland, banked the $122,760 first prize and rewarded her backers with $2 mutuels of $7, $3.40 and $3 as the 5/2 second betting choice in the field of six 3-year-old fillies.
Positive Danger carved out early fractions of :24.54 and :49.68 with Princess Grace in close pursuit. Midway around the far turn, Princess Grace took command and clocked 6 furlongs in 1:13.84. She opened up a 3-length lead in the stretch and was able to easily turn back a late rally from Pass the Plate.
“The pace unfolded exactly how I thought that the horse to my inside (Positive Danger) would go to the lead and we could sit just to her outside,” said Geroux, who also rode Lovely Bernadette to win the 2017 Mrs. Revere. “She broke very alertly and was tracking nicely throughout the race. She’s a nice filly and with winning on the dirt it gives the connections more options in the future but I would guess goes back to turf.”
Runner-up Pass the Plate, under Joe Talamo, paid $5 and $3.20. How Ironic, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, was another 1 1/2 lengths back in third and paid $3.80 to show.
Stunning Sky, the 3/2 favorite, was fourth and was followed by Witez and Positive Danger. Hendy Woods was the lone late scratch.
The winner’s share of the purse pushed Princess Grace’s earnings to $205,260 from a record of 3-1-0 in 4 starts.
Princess Grace is a dark brown or bay daughter of Karakontie out of the Silent Name mare Masquerade, who was bred in Kentucky.
“You’re always concerned about a horse that didn’t race on dirt yet,” Stidham said. “She had pretty consistent works over the Tapeta surface at Fair Hill. We didn’t necessarily have a great line how she would take to the dirt, but her early works were on the dirt. We thought she handled it very well then, so we were cautiously optimistic. We knew that her dam, Masquerade, was game on both dirt and turf, so we felt good trying it. Down the backside, you saw Florent was in a great spot just off the leader. When he let out a notch, she just opened up impressively.”
Mike Somich is joined by Aaron Halterman and Jared Welch… Read More
Racing Dudes’ own Jared Welch discusses Sunday’s breaking news of… Read More
Mike Somich and special guest Dan Tordjman preview and give… Read More
The Racing Dudes recap Saturday’s 147th running of the $3… Read More
The Magic Mike Show guys review and discuss the entire… Read More
For better or for worse, the show rolls on in… Read More
BALTIMORE, MD – Zedan Racing Stables’ Medina Spirit, who upset… Read More
Preakness! We are on to Pimlico after what can only… Read More
BALTIMORE, MD – 1/ST RACING and the Maryland Jockey Club… Read More
Each week, this important article will provide the standings, power… Read More
Looking to cash in big?
Be the first to access our daily free and premium picks, articles, podcasts, and more!