A nine-length winner of the Central Bank Ashland (G1) at Keeneland in April, Emollient
returned to Keeneland Tuesday to prepare for her next race, the
$500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) on Sunday. Since her dominating
performance here, the stakes has been part of the plan for the
3-year-old Empire Maker filly, who is a homebred racing for Juddmonte
Farms. Juddmonte has sponsored the Spinster, a 1 1/8-mile race on
Polytrack, since 2005.
“She’s fresh, happy, moving well,” Rodolphe Brisset, assistant to
trainer Bill Mott, said about Emollient, who jogged on the main track
With Mike Smith aboard for the first time, Emollient won the Central
Bank Ashland in her Polytrack debut. That performance came six days
after she ran fifth in the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) on dirt. She next
was sixth in the Black Eyed Susan (G2) on dirt at Pimlico on May 17.
“She showed us she didn’t want any part of the dirt anymore,” Brisset said about that performance.
Emollient shipped to Southern California, where she won the American
Oaks (G1) on turf at Betfair Hollywood Park on July 13 for her second
Grade 1 victory. She returned Sept. 14 in the Garden City (G1) on turf
at Belmont Park, where Brisset said she “didn’t run a bad race. There
was too much cut in the grass, and she didn’t care for the ground. We
could see she wasn’t comfortable. Mike said she never really picked up
the bridle like usual. So now she has a race under her belt.”
On Sunday, Emollient worked five furlongs in 1:01.32 on turf at Belmont.
“I wish we could run her (six) days before like we did in the Ashland,” he said with a laugh.
With a victory on Sunday, Emollient will become the fourth horse to win the Ashland and the Spinster. The others are Doubledogdare (1956), Optimistic Gal (1976) and Take Charge Lady (2002).