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Photo: MEC

Joan Scott couldn’t predict that Cor Cor would become a stakes winner in only her second start, but she was well aware that she was training a very fast filly before the daughter of Smoke Glacken made her debut at Keeneland in October.

“She was a rocket out of the gate. When she got her gate card, she was always sharp out of the gate,” said Scott, who’ll saddle Cor Cor for Tuesday’s $100,000 Old Hat (G3) at Gulfstream. “But you never know until they run. You know how it is, you have all these great ideas, but the proof is only after they make that first start.”

Cor Cor’s exceptional speed was very much in evidence on Oct. 11, when she ran away from 11 3-year-old fillies over Keeneland’s synthetic surface to score by nearly three lengths.

“I was delighted with her, delighted and excited,” said Scott, who trains the Florida-bred filly for Steve Ballou and Harriet Waldron.

Cor Cor came back two months later with an even more exciting front-running effort to win the $68,000 Sandpiper at Tampa Bay on Dec. 1. She rocketed away from the starting gate to set torrid early fractions (:21 4/5, :44 2/5 and :56 3/5) and hung tough to register a half-length victory.

“It showed me that she had some guts,” Scott said. “I saw the fractions, I didn’t know what was going to happen. I was really proud of her. It shows you a lot.”

Cor Cor has turned in a pair of bullet breezes since her winning stakes debut, including a :47 2/5 four-furlong breeze that was the best of 40 recorded at the distance on Dec. 23.

“She’s very kind; she’s very pretty; and she’s sweet. But she’s quick about everything. You have to train her with relaxed training,” Scott said. “But if she’s ready to go, you just have to push the button. She’s very kind to deal with.”

Scott Spieth will have the return mount aboard Cor Cor, who is slated to break from the No. 3 post position, two stalls outside of likely favorite Kauai Katie in the starting gate.

“I’m happy with the post,” Scott said, “and we’ll play it by ear.”



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