Trainer Todd Pletcher had the two betting favorites in the 119th
running of the Grade 2, $300,000 Gazelle, and they ran to form, with
favorite My Miss Sophia leading all the way and Got Lucky rallying from a
slow start to finish second.
Photo: David Alcosser, NYRA
Pletcher, the six-time Eclipse Award winner as Outstanding Trainer in
the country, this was the first time in his storied career that he had
won the Gazelle.
only a maiden winner - albeit by 11 lengths March in a one-turn mile at
Gulfstream Park - My Miss Sophia went off as the 4-5 favorite in the
field of six. She figured, in Pletcher's handicapping, to be the
isolated speed horse in the field and she opened up by two lengths after
a half-mile in an easy 48.23 seconds and rolled home an untested 7 ¼
lengths in front of her uncoupled stablemate, Got Lucky.
winner, ridden by Javier Castellano, completed the 1 1/8-mile race in
1:50.48 seconds. Got Lucky was a half-length in front of Sweet Reason,
followed by Vero Amore, Bird Maker and Wraith.
Pletcher said the race likely set both of his fillies up for runs in the Kentucky Oaks next out.
went how we thought it might on paper," Pletcher said. "It looked like
[My Miss Sophia] was the only speed, but you never know how a race is
going to unfold. It certainly played out the way we thought it would.
[Vero Amore] was kind of on her flank a little bit, but it didn't look
like she was ever under any pressure."
the start of the race, My Miss Sophia veered in slightly at the start
and Sweet Reason squeezed back Got Lucky. From there, Hall of Fame rider
John Velazquez worked out a good trip for the runner-up.
by Mathis Stable, My Miss Sophia has now won two of three starts and
earned $211,800. She earned 100 points towards qualifying for the
Kentucky Oaks on May 2. She paid $3.60 for a $2 win bet.