It was all about the number three in Saturday’s $200,000 Forward Gal (G2) at Gulfstream Park.
Breaking from post three in her third lifetime start, Onlyforyou led
all the way to run her record to 3-0 with a professional 2 ¾-length
victory over Aurelia’s Belle in the 37th renewal of the 3-year-old filly
It was also the third consecutive victory in the Forward Gal for
trainer Todd Pletcher, who won in 2013 with Kauai Katie and 2012 with
“It kind of speaks for itself,” said Pletcher, who only minutes
earlier watched Teen Pauline win the Ladies Handicap at Aqueduct
Racetrack. “Anytime you have one win three in a row to start their
career, it’s not very many of them that do that.
“She’s a filly that has always impressed us in her training. She’s a
beautiful filly, a big, scopey, good-looking filly that has tactical
speed. It’s been a pretty straightforward introduction so
Owned by Glencrest Farm, Onlyforyou went straight for the lead under
jockey Javier Castellano after breaking sharply from the gate. She led
through a quarter-mile in 22.65 seconds, a half in 45.33 and six
furlongs in 1:09.77, with Aurelia’s Belle her closest
Turning for home, Onlyforyou drew away from the field under little
urging from Castellano as Aurelia’s Belle continued to give chase.
Resistivity, who broke a step slow from the rail, came on for third,
another three lengths back.
“I didn’t expect her to be on the lead, but she was so sharp today,”
Castellano said. “She did it so easy and broke on top. The way she did
it was impressive. When the other horse [Aurelia’s Belle] came to her,
she took off again. I liked the way she did it today.”
Onlyforyou paid $2.60 as the 1-5 favorite in a field of six, running seven furlongs in 1:22.50.
“Javier and I talked about letting her run her race and just play it
by ear,” Pletcher said. “We thought we’d probably be stalking the one
[Resistivity], but when the one didn’t get away as cleanly as we did, I
wasn’t afraid for her to be where she was. The fractions were solid, but
she looked like she was in control. I was hoping they wouldn’t go any
faster than they were going, but it looked like she was doing it within
Pletcher mentioned the 1 1/16-mile Davona Dale (G2) on Feb. 22 at Gulfstream as a next possible start for Onlyforyou.