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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Teen Pauline's New Lease on Life

Teen Pauline breaks maiden at Saratoga.
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese

Teen Pauline, third in the 2012 Grade 1 Spinaway, has been given a new lease on life as a turf horse and will aim for her first stakes victory in the $100,000 Pebbles for 3-year-old fillies on October 14 at Belmont Park.

 

After Teen Pauline made two starts for trainer Steve Asmussen as a 2-year-old, owner Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Stables transferred the daughter of Tapit to Todd Pletcher. She began her 3-year-old season by finishing fourth in a pair of dirt races in June at Belmont - an optional claimer and the Grade 3 Victory Ride - before she made her turf debut in an allowance race on August 11 at Saratoga. She won that race by one length, then was second to Midnight Watch in the Riskaverse on the grass on August 30 at the Spa.

 

"We were just a little frustrated with the results we were getting on the dirt," said Pletcher. "We felt like her action indicated to us it might be worth giving her a shot on the turf. We breezed her on the turf and we liked what we saw, and there we went."

 

Although Teen Pauline has raced in second during the early stages of her two turf starts, Pletcher said he is content with the way she has settled, considering how she began her career in sprints on the dirt.

 

"One of the things that surprised us is how, for a filly who ran as fast as she did first time out, she wasn't demonstrating a ton of gate speed," said Pletcher. "We stretched her out on the turf, hoping she wouldn't be too sharp or too keen. She has been cooperative in that regard, and, hopefully, she continues to develop."

 

Pletcher seeks his third win in the Pebbles, having taken it last year with Peace Preserver and in 2009 with Miss Catalyst.

 

 

 

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