Breathoffreshheir pulled clear in deep stretch Sunday
afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack and onto an easy victory over favored Status
Pending in the $65,000 Ruthless, her second consecutive stakes win.
Prompted through an opening half-mile in 47.13 by longshot
Nashi and Sweet Susan, Breathoffreshheir began edging clear as the field of
five 3-year-old fillies straightened for home and crossed under the wire 3 ¾
lengths in front of the favorite.
Her winning time for the six furlongs was 1:11.30 over the
fast inner track. An objection by the rider of third-place finisher Sweet Susan
against the winner for interference near the quarter-pole was dismissed.
“Today, she just guided me around there,” said winning
jockey Carlos Marquez, Jr. of Breathoffreshheir “She was much the best.”
The victory was the third in four starts for the homebred
daughter of Wildcat Heir, who in her previous start won the Jersey Juvenile at Monmouth Park while sporting blinkers for the
“We put the blinkers on her, but she still plays around when
she gets in front like that,” said trainer Ben Perkins, Jr., who trains
Breathoffreshheir for Everett Novak’s New Farm “We’re not sure what’s next for
her – she’s had four races right in a row now, so maybe we’ll keep her here for
one more, then give her a little break.”
The second choice at 2-1, Breathoffreshheir returned $6.90
for a $2 win wager and with the winner’s purse of $39,000 has now earned
Status Pending, who closed from last, was 1 ¼ lengths in
front of Sweet Susan, with Nashi and Flying Train completing the order of