SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – Ghislaine Head’s She’s My Type slipped through a tight gap in mid-stretch and charged up the center of the lane to win Friday’s $100,000 Coronation Cup Stakes at Saratoga.
She’s My Type was made the 4/1 third choice as she broke from the far outside post under Joel Rosario. Shippy set the pace inside of Lexi On the Move, posting opening fractions of :21.74 and :44.25, while She’s My Type ran two-wide behind them into the far turn.
Still perched in behind runners at the top of the stretch, She’s My Type remained patiently handled until a gap opened between Bredenbury and Artie’s Princess. Shippy began separating from the field, but She’s My Type overcame a bump from Artie’s Princess and quickly closed the gap.
Flying home late with Miss J McKay to her outside, She’s My Type put her head in front in the shadow of the wire before crossing a 1/2-length clear. The Christophe Clement trainee completed the 5 1/2-furlong firm turf sprint in a final time of 1:01.67.
“There was a lot of pace and I was just waiting for the right time to move,” Rosario said. “She was there for me the whole time on the bridle and it was just a matter of waiting to make the last run. When I turned for home, I worked my way to the middle and a horse came over and made it tight for me, so I was worried a little bit there, but we got the jump, and then after that, I had only one horse to beat, and she was getting there and getting there and got it done. It was a very good performance from her.”
Miss J McKay got the better of a fading Shippy by 3/4 of a length. Artie’s Princess crossed fourth as the 9/5 favorite ahead of Fly So Pretty, Lexi On the Move, and Bredenbury. Always Inthe Munny and Karak were scratched.
Following the race, a jockey objection and a stewards inquiry led to a closer look at Artie’s Princess making contact with She’s My Type, which caused a chain reaction affecting two others.
Upon review, the stewards concluded that Artie’s Princess affected Bredenbury, the last across the finish line, so Artie’s Princess was disqualified and placed at the rear.
She’s My Type’s win was her second at the stakes level following January’s Ginger Brew at Gulfstream Park. The French-bread 3-year-old Dunkerque filly improved her record to 6-3-1-1 with $167,580 earned.
“Sometimes we are lucky, sometimes we are not,” Clement said. “Today was lucky. She has a very good turn of foot. When she had the chance to finish, I thought she ran very well.”
She’s My Type returned $10.40 to win, $4.50 to place, and $3 to show. Miss J McKay brought back $4.60 to place and $3.20 to show, while Shippy paid $3.90 to show.