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stakes winner in her very first start, seizing the lead shortly after
the break and galloping off to a 4 ¾-length victory in the $100,000
Astoria on Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park.
The lone first-timer in
the field of six 2-year-old fillies, Fashion Alert was quickly sent to
the front from the outside post by Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez,
setting an opening quarter-mile fraction of 22.37 seconds with Lindy and
Awesomendensome in pursuit. Shaking free of those two on the turn,
Fashion Alert spun into the stretch with a four-length lead and was
never challenged as she cruised under the wire in 1:04.01 for 5 ½
"She broke to the inside
and after three jumps she got into a nice rhythm and sat out in the
middle of the track for a while," said Velazquez. "It was pretty easy. I
sat on the outside and rushed her a little bit just to make sure those
horses didn't get away, but she was going so easy I just let her do it."
Fashion Alert, the
second choice at 9-5, returned $5.70 for a $2 win wager and earned
$60,000 for owner George Bolton, who paid $125,000 for the Old Fashioned
filly last September at Keeneland.
"I thought she did
everything we hoped she would do," said trainer Todd Pletcher, who
notched his fourth victory in the Astoria. "She got away pretty alertly
and put herself in good position. It was an advantage to have the
outside post, which we were happy about when the draw came out. She's a
very talented filly that ran to her training."
Pletcher, who is 2-0-1
with his juveniles at Belmont Park this spring, said the Grade 3,
$100,000 Schuylerville on July 18 at Saratoga Race Course likely would
be the next spot for Fashion Alert.
Liatris, the narrow
favorite, closed to finish second, with Lindy another 2 ½ lengths back
in third. Dads Little Girls checked in fourth, followed by Julie's Indy