Verdad, returning to open company off an impressive stakes win against
New York-breds, blasted off from post position 1 and never looked back
in the Grade 2, $200,000 Distaff Handicap for filly and mare sprinters
on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Photo: chelsea durand, NYRA
her seventh win in her past eighth starts and her first in a graded
stakes, La Verdad wasted no time getting to the front under Jose Ortiz,
leading by 1 ½ lengths through an opening quarter mile in 22.26 seconds
while being tracked by Bridgehampton. She began to sneak away from that
rival on the far turn, opened a 3 ½-length lead through a half in 44.93
seconds, and maintained a safe margin in the stretch as she went on to
prevail by 3 ¾ lengths as the 2-1 favorite.
Katie, a four-time graded stakes winner who went off as the 2-1 second
choice in her first start since July, came on from fifth to finish
second, 1 ¼ lengths ahead of My Pal Chrisy, who rallied from last.
The final time for six furlongs was 1:09.10, with La Verdad returning $6 for a $2 win wager.
broke really well," said Ortiz. "The other filly put a little pressure
on but she handled it OK. She was very relaxed. I know we went in :44,
but she did it very easily. When I asked her to go at the quarter-pole,
she just took off. I knew I had a lot of horse. Linda [Rice] has done a
great job with her."
her previous start, La Verdad won the Broadway by 3 ¼ lengths on March
29 at Aqueduct. In February, she had a five-race winning streak snapped
when she was second to My Wandy's Girl by one length in the Grade 2
Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park.
Linda Rice trains La Verdad, a 4-year-old daughter of Yes It's True, for Sheila Rosenblum's Lady Sheila Stable.
love that horse, and New York loves that horse," said Rosenblum. "She's
a New York horse. There were great horses [in the race], but she was
the best one today. This is the first [graded stakes win of my life],
hopefully not my last. She'll always be special. This is a really
special moment, right after my daughter and son were born. She's right
Munnings Sister, Lion D N A, Miss d'Oro, and Bridgehampton completed the order of finish.