ELMONT, NY – Juddmonte Farms homebred Viadera gave trainer Chad Brown his fifth straight score in Saturday’s $100,000 Noble Damsel Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park.
Viadera broke a half-step slow along the rail under Joel Rosario at 5/1 odds and settled well off the pace while her stablemate Blowout, the 2/1 favorite, posted opening fractions of :22.17, :44.85, and 1:08.38.
Rosario had to tap on the brakes midway through the far turn and tip out to pass a slowing rival, then kept her in the two-path as she straightened for home and chased after the leader.
Diving underneath Blowout halfway home, Viadera surged to the lead in the final strides before crossing a neck clear, completing the mile-long outer firm turf event in 1:32.06.
“I was in a good spot and there was a lot of speed,” said Rosario, who has been aboard three of Brown’s recent winners. “For a second, I thought they were going to get away from me, but I was comfortable where I was and I just tried to ride her from there. When it was time to go, she kicked good. It looked like I might have to go between horses (in the stretch), but they came off the rail and I took a chance to go to the rail and hope not to get blocked inside. She kept coming and coming. She ran super.”
Blowout fought every step of the way in the stretch before crossing 3/4 of a length ahead off Sweet Bye and Bye, who held third by just a neck over Brown’s third entry, Noor Sahara.
Chaleur, Atomic Blonde, Feel Glorious, Getmotherarose, and Lemon Zip completed the order of finish.
Another Broad was scratched as a Main Track Only entry.
Viadera’s win was her second straight following the De La Rose Stakes at Saratoga in mid-July and improved her overall record to 12-5-1-1. The 4-year-old British-bred Bated Breath filly has now earned $211,441.
“The winner, Viadera, really got a great trip from Joel and she’s a fine filly in her own right,” Brown said. “They ran super. Viadera got a great setup saving all the ground and I’m really proud of her. Blowout ran probably the best race. For her to set those fractions and still battle on, I’m so proud of her. Both horses really ran terrific.”
Viadera returned $13 to win, $6.20 to place, and $3.70 to show. Blowout brought back $3.90 to place and $2.50 to show, while Sweet Bye and Bye paid $3.10 to show.