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A Jealous Woman Prevails in Megahertz

The lone California-bred in the seven-horse Megahertz Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf, 7-year-old A Jealous Woman and Brice Blanc rushed inside 9-5 favorite In the Stars and Corey Nakatani midway around the far turn and once again demonstrated her gameness in a resolute stretch run to win by a neck over Irish-bred Byrony and Garrett Gomez, covering the mile in 1:33.09.

“I decided to move when I did and to get inside Corey, because if I went outside of him, I thought he’d float me out,” said Blanc. “On the grass, you have to save ground. When I made the decision, I knew she would quicken for me and keep that steady run going. She’s not one of those fillies that have a quick acceleration but she has a steady, long, fast run.”

On the strength of her strong second-place showing in the Grade II Goldikova Stakes on Nov. 4, the daughter of Muqtarib was sent off as the 2-1 second choice and paid $6.60, $3.80 and $2.80.

Owned by Three Cent Stable and trained by Francis Meza, A Jealous Woman wasn’t originally ticketed to run in the Megahertz.

“She was nominated to the (Grade III) Frankel Stakes (on Dec. 30) but she had something going on in her feet and she couldn’t make it,” said Meza. “So we worked on that and got her ready for this.”

With the winner’s share of $60,600, A Jealous Woman increased her earnings to $443,856 and ran her record to 19-8-3-3.

Byrony, off at 9-1, kept to her task in the lane and bested In the Stars by a head, but could never get fully on terms with the winner. She paid $7.00 and $3.40.

“She ran good,” said Gomez. “I thought when I was covered (able to sit mid-pack to the half mile pole) I would be able to get by them. I could just never get by them.”

In the Stars set the pace to the half mile pole establishing splits of 22.05 and 45.86, while the winner stopped the six furlong timer in 1:09.30 and the seven furlong in 1:20.98.

“I didn’t want to be on the lead and I got the guy next to me (Rafael Bejarano aboard 3-1 shot Lady Ten) smooching,” said the always colorful Nakatani. “I couldn’t get my filly behind a horse so that really just screwed up our whole plan. I was wanting to be three or four lengths back at least, but like I said, the guy next to me’s chirping. At the same time, she wasn’t disgraced running those fractions.”

In the Stars paid $3.00 to show and finished 1 ¾ lengths in front of Hard to Resist and Joe Talamo. Lady Ten was another neck back, finishing fifth.

 

 

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