Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
Pauline produced a carbon copy of her victory in the Affectionately by
employing front-running tactics to romp by 10 ¾ lengths in the 143rd edition of the $100,000 Ladies Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.
quickly clearing on the lead from post 1, Teen Pauline cruised through a
quarter-mile in 24.34 seconds and a half in 48.46 while receiving token
pressure from Flash Forward. Pulling away and in front by two lengths
through three-quarters in 1:12.15, Teen Pauline extended her advantage
through the stretch while receiving mild encouragement from jockey Irad
Flash Forward finished 5 ¾ lengths ahead of third-place finisher Centring.
broke fast out of there and relaxed pretty good," said Ortiz. "When I
asked, she picked it up. When she went into the first turn I grabbed and
took a long hold, and I thought we had a pretty good chance. She got
the distance and she's doing great."
Pauline, trained by Todd Pletcher for Stonestreet Stables, also led
from start when she earned her first stakes victory, the Affectionately
on New Year's Day. Overall, the 4-year-old homebred daughter of Tapit
has four wins in 10 starts and earnings of $241,300, including $60,000
for her Ladies' triumph.
looked very comfortable on the front end, so I was very happy about
that. [The fractions] weren't ideal, but she seems to be improving every
day," said Byron Hughes, assistant to Pletcher. "[This win] was more
impressive [than the Affectionately] because of how many lengths she won
by. She seemed to run a similar style; she got up front, relaxed, and
looked very comfortable the whole time."
Firenze Feeling and Royal Lahaina completed the order of finish.