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Her name is Ria Antonia. She's big, she's aggressive, and, most importantly, she's got what it takes. Standing just over 17 hands, Ria Antonia is a big filly with a long stride. That stride is what took her home in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, and it's hard to ignore the fact that this girl can go
. She has a sort of simple but efective running style- linger somewhere in the middle of the pack for most of the race, then run down the leaders in the stretch. With two wins out of five starts, Ria Antonia is quickly building up her experience, as well as her love for winning. Earlier on in the fall, Ria Antonia raced in the Frizette, but was unsuccesful. However, when you go back and look at the horses she ran aginst, they make a formidable field. Escpecially with talented fillies Artemis Agrotera, Stopchargingmaria, and Sweet Reason, Ria Antonia would have had to have had a perfect trip to win. She didn't. Though the fractions were moderate, Ria Antonia appeared to be doing very well until the far turn, when she ran out of running room. Had there been room down the stretch, I am confident she would've had a much different result. The Juvenile Fillies got a taste of her talent when she kicked into high gear to beat out She's A Tiger by a nose. This time though, both Sweet Reason and Artemis Agrotera headlined the field, along with popular Untapable. Her owner, Loooch Racing Stable Inc., and trainer, Jeremiah Engleheart must have been impressed, because their new goal for the filly is one that has only been accomplished three times- winning the Kentucky Derby. Some people would ask "Why? Why run her in such a competitive race against the boys when you could run her against fillies?" I ask "Why not?" In the Thoroughbred world, if you want to taste the fame, you've got to go and get it. And that's what they plan to do- take Ria Antonia to the Derby preps, and hope for the best from the daughter of Rockport Harbor.