Racing Stable’s I’m Mom’s Favorite won a head-bob to take first money
in the $100,000 Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior Stakes for 3-year-old fillies
at Pimlico Race Course.
Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club
the lead in deep stretch under jockey Sheldon Russell, I’m Mom’s
Favorite appeared to have the race in hand until longshot Flattering Bea
came flying from far back to narrowly miss edging the 4-5 post-time
favorite. I’m Mom’s Favorite’s margin of victory was just a nose. Behind
Flattering Bea came Lighthouse Bay, with front runner Tread tiring to
Mom’s Favorite covered the six furlong distance in 1:12.51 and she paid
$3.80. The winner is based at the Fair Hill Training Center in the
stable of Tony Dutrow and was winning for the third time in four starts.
Her best previous stakes performance was a third-place finish in the
Cicada Stakes at Aqueduct in March.
MS. PREAKNESS PINK WARRIOR QUOTES
Anthony Dutrow (trainer, I’m Mom’s Favorite, winner)
– “When I watched the race, it was uncharacteristic of how she had run
before. She got herself out of the race and she finished up well. After
listening to Sheldon, he chose to ride her that way. He felt that she
was very good the whole way around there.
run her four or five times you have an expectation when the gates open.
Sheldon was very confident and comfortable with it, but she had never
run that way before so I wasn’t.”
Sheldon Russell (jockey, I’m Mom’s Favorite, winner)
– “We got off to a really rough start. I was a bit surprised having the
filly so far back, but she handled it fine. When I tipped her out at
the top of the stretch, she came running. When I hit the front, I don’t
know if she got a little bit lost or what. I just tried to keep her
focused and I was lucky to just hold on.”
Crystal Pickett (trainer, Flattering Bea, 2nd)
– “I was asking myself, Why did she have to be squeezed at the start? I
am tickled to death with her. She always tries hard and I thought we
had got it at the last jump.”
Grant Whitacre (jockey, Flattering Bea, 2nd)
– “We got squeezed back at the start when the ‘10’ came down on us. I
would have preferred to be a lot closer. She gave me her run and tried