Photo: Eclipse Sportswire
punched her ticket to the Breeders' Cup with an
impressive maiden score in Saturday’s Grade 2, $225,600 Natalma Stakes
As a ‘Win and You’re In’ event, the winner of the one-mile turf
event automatically earns a position in the starting gate for the $1
million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita on November
1. All entry fees and travel costs will be waived.
Trained by Roger Attfield for Harlequin Ranches, the dark bay Sky
Mesa filly sprung to the lead in deep stretch under Emma-Jayne Wilson to
notch a 3/4-length win over Spanish Flower. Llanarmon stopped the
clock in 1:35.89 in just her second lifetime start.
On debut, Llanarmon rallied from the back of the pack in a 12-horse
field to finish third in a seven-furlong maiden allowance event won by
The dark bay rival used a similar racing style in the Natalma,
racing in seventh position in the eight horse field as Unspurned and
Ready to Act battled for the lead through splits of :23.89 and :47.04.
Ready to Act, with Rajiv Maragh up, took command at the top of the
lane opening up a comfortable two-length lead only to duck in sharply
midstretch, unseating Maragh. Llanarmon, racing in second position,
veered out to avoid the fallen rider and finished strongly for the win.
Maragh, alert and conscious following the spill, was taken to local hospital for assessment.
Wilson was pleased with the effort of her filly during an eventful stretch run.
"I was really happy with my position," said Wilson. "When I called
on her, despite the activity, she was really strong. She stalled, had a
look at everything, regained her focus and finished up."
Llanarmon, bred in Ontario by Cavendish Investing Ltd., banked
$225,600 in victory while improving her record to 1-0-1 from two starts.
She returned $20.40, $7.70 and $4.60, pairing with Spanish Flower
($12.40, $7.90) for a $253.50 (7-9) exactor. A 7-9-6 (Appreciating, $3
to show) triactor was worth $984.60. Madly Truly completed a $1
Superfecta (7-9-6-8) worth 3,053.80. My Conquestadory and Henrys Island