Reed and Mike Zanella’s Bold Affair notched her third straight stakes
win in Maryland this year when she rallied to beat four other fillies
and mares in the $100,000 Skipat Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.
by Howard Wolfendale and ridden by Abel Castellano Jr., the 4-year-old
daughter of Two Punch settled behind the leaders down the backstretch
before launching a four-wide bid heading into the lane. Bold Affair wore
down Valiant Passion and Afleet Lass in the stretch while edging away
to a 1 ½-length victory.
winner, who won the Conniver Stakes at Laurel and the Primonetta at
Pimlico in her two previous starts, finished the six-furlong distance in
1:11.71 and paid $4.40. Valiant Passion and Afleet Lass finished
second and third.
It’s Me Mom, the even-money favorite, faded to fifth after pressing the early pace.
Skipat Stakes Quotes
Mike Zanella (winning part-owner, Bold Affair)
– “The filly is phenomenal. We’re having so much fun with her. It’s
fantastic to win a race on Preakness weekend. It’s a game of luck, and
we happen to be the lucky ones.”
Abel Castellano Jr. (winning jockey, Bold Affair)
– “She got away a little slow today and she was not acting too good in
the gate. I was fourth in the back and I wanted to stay pretty close
because there were some fast fillies in there. Johnny’s (Velazquez)
horse (Valiant Passion) got to the lead and he looked like he wanted to
keep going, so I better move now. It worked out good.
Willie Martinez (jockey, beaten favorite, It’s Me Mom)
– “She wasn’t herself today. She got off a step slow and the track was a
hair too cuppy for her. She normally gets over every surface and she’s
extremely fast. I just couldn’t get her to take the bridal. Everything
seemed like she was spinning her wheels in the same direction.”