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Winter Memories remained unbeaten in two starts and is Breeders’ Cup-bound following a dominant victory in the Grade 3, $150,000 Miss Grillo on Sunday at Belmont Park.


Sent off as the crowd’s 7-5 choice in the Miss Grillo, which offered the winner a guaranteed berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Churchill Downs on November 5, Winter Memories rated in ninth through a half in 49.47 before she began to tug at jockey Jose Lezcano on the far turn. Kept under restraint as she circled the field, the gray unleashed a powerful kick when given her cue in upper stretch, driving clear to score by 5 ¼ lengths over Arch Support, with Fancy Point a nose behind in third.


“In the first part of the race I was behind horses and when I moved in the clear she wanted to take a hold of the bit, so I had to take a hold of her again so I could wait for the quarter pole,” said Lezcano. “Then I swung out and she just exploded. She has a really big and fast kick. I’m not surprised at her effort today – she is a really nice filly.”


Winning trainer Jimmy Toner confirmed that he had instructed Lezcano to keep Winter Memories outside of horses.


“I was concerned around the turn when she started to drop back, but Jose said she was trying to take him, so he checked her,” said Toner, who added that he will accept the invitation to the Juvenile Fillies Turf. “She’s a big, long-striding filly, so we wanted to keep her clear.”


Owned by Phillips Racing Partnership, Winter Memories graduated by 1 ½ lengths in a 1 1/16-mile turf event at Saratoga on September 3 in her only previous start.


By El Prado and out of Grade 1-winning turf mare Memories of Silver, the juvenile returned $4.90 for a $2 win wager, covered 1 1/16 miles over the yielding Widener turf course in 1:45.69, and quadrupled her earnings to $120,000 with the winner’s purse of $90,000.


Excited narrowly edged Silent Joy to finish fourth, with A Brilliant Idea, Pleine Forme, Table Talking, Le Mi Geaux, Button Girl, and Sleepless Dixie completing the order of finish. Come a Callin and the also-eligibles Atlantic Voyage and Upper East Sider were scratched.



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laclouches little sister,,, well bred and ready to make some noise!!
Super race by Winter Memories, better then 2 seconds faster then the male division, just galloped home. I think that they all will be running for second money in the BC.
Good looking win by promising 2yo filly Winter Memories. I remember her classy mamma Memories of Silver.

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