She certainly was not the marquee name and she was far from
the most accomplished, but Starship Truffles made sure everyone knew who she
was just minutes after the starting
gates sprang open for the G1 Princess Rooney Handicap.
Though first out of the gate from post position 10, the bay
daughter of Ghostzapper and apprentice jockey Edgard Zayas let long shot Costly
go to the early lead and blitz through an opening quarter in 21:29. Starship Truffles made her move while
in the far turn and already had a clear advantage as the field turned for home.
From there to the wire, it was clear who the winner would be and that everyone
else would be racing for second. Starship Truffles crossed the wire 3 ¾ lengths
in front of race favorite Judy the Beauty who was 2 ½ lengths clear of third place finisher My Pal Chrisy.
Starship Truffles stopped the clock in 1.10:57 for the six
furlong race. She is owned by Chasing Tails Stables and trained by Marty Wolfson, who also sent out four
other entrants in the Princess Rooney. Her stunning upset victory came just one
week after she nearly equaled Calder’s track record for 5.5 furlongs in a
starter optional claiming race. That win was right on the heels of a less than
stellar 6th place finish in the local Princess Rooney prep, the U
Can Do It Handicap. Because she ran so poorly in that prep, Wolfson decided to
run her last week just to make sure she was okay before going ahead with plans
to run today.
Chasing Tails Stables acquired the former $6,250 claimer
just under a year ago through a private transaction. Four starts prior to her
first start for Chasing Tails Stables,
Starship Truffles had been claimed by Gerald Procino for New Life Stable, Inc.
after winning a $6,250 claiming event at Calder. The purchase has turned out to
be a good one for Chasing Tails Stables. Starship Truffles has won 9 of her 13
starts for the stable, including two stakes wins at Calder prior to her score
in today’s Princess Rooney. She has raced exclusively at Calder and Gulfstream
and has been particularly effective at Calder. In 16 career starts at that
South Florida track, she has amassed 11 wins, 1 place, and 2 shows.
Despite her dramatic rise from claimer to Grade 1 winner,
Starship Truffles will not be pointed toward the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare