HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Sarah Sharp Farish’s homebred Texting used a ground-saving trip to her advantage, charging late to take Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 La Prevoyante Handicap at Gulfstream Park.
Off well from post 5 under Javier Castellano, Texting relaxed to rate mid-pack while Daring Duchess posted moderate fractions of :23.68, :48.24, 1:13.00, and 1:37.85 through the opening mile. Putting in a strong bid heading into the far turn, Texting went three-wide under a full head of steam and, by the top of the stretch, had reeled in the leader. The two mares went under a full drive, but Texting’s momentum was too much, carrying the Chad Brown trainee to the wire first by 3/4 of a length in a final time of 2:27.88 for the 12-furlong turf marathon.
“I had a beautiful trip; it was as good of a trip as any jockey would like to have,” Castellano said. “There were a few horses with good speed and we were able to settle around the first turn. I like what she did and I was very impressed with the way she finished. I basically enjoyed the ride.”
Daring Duchess held on well for second, crossing 3 lengths ahead of Taralena, who was a head past Summersault for third. Beauly was another 7 1/4 lengths back in fifth, with the favored Apple Betty and longshot Miss Nancy completing the order of finish.
Texting’s victory was her first stakes score in her third attempt and her first trip to the winner’s circle since September 14, 2016. The 5-year-old daughter of Candy Ride improved her career record to 12-3-1-3, while the $121,520 winner’s share of the purse nearly doubled her career earnings to $273,362.
“She’s a horse who has always been knocking on the door,” Brown said. “It maybe took a little time for her to just get the right trip and come around a little bit more. We’ve obviously thought enough of her to try her in a stake before. I’m really proud of her. I thought Javier really rode a good race. For this distance, it was a very strong pace in front of them for the first half of the race, and I think it really set up for her well.”
Texting returned $16.80 to win, $8.60 to place, and $5.20 to show. Daring Duchess brought back $6.80 to place and $5 to show, while Taralena paid $9.40 to show.