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Smooth Win by Turbulent Descent in the Beaumont

Trainer Mike Puype could wind up looking like a genius by year’s end if Turbulent Descent continues to dominate her competition the way she has in five of her six lifetime starts. After finishing her juvenile season undefeated in three starts including the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet many people had the talented daughter of Congrats pegged as an early Kentucky Oaks favorite. She began 2011 with a solid second place finish to Zazu in the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes, appearing a bit short in her three-year-old debut. In her second start she returned to winning form, holding off Zazu for a comfortable win in the Santa Anita Oaks (gr.1) on March 5th. That win once again had people briefly talking Kentucky Oaks before Mike Puype put those aspirations to rest. After the Santa Anita Derby he stated his star filly would bypass the Kentucky Oaks in favor of shorter, one turn sprint races that he felt his she would thrive on and possible be even better at.

Apparently he was right, as Turbulent Descent romped to victory in her first start outside of California on Sunday, winning Keeneland’s Grade 2 Beaumont Stakes by 5 lengths with just a couple of taps from the whip. After tracking the pace in third position in the closely bunched field of five, Turbulent Descent moved up willingly on the far turn to take command entering the stretch. From that point on it was just a matter of how far she wanted to win by as she steadily opened up with little urging, crossing the finish line five lengths the best. She completed the Beaumont’s 7 furlongs in a solid time of 1:26.12 over Keeneland’s Polytrack surface.

[Does Turbulent Descent deserve her current #1 ranking on HRN's 3 Year Old Fillies rankings page over Kathmanblu, R Heat Lightning, Joyful Victory and Zazu?

Mike Puype has made no secret of the fact that he is gunning for an Eclipse award with his brilliant trainee while aiming her for some of the nation’s premier sophomore filly sprints like the June 11th Acorn (gr.1) and August 6th Test (gr.1). If she continues running the way she has been it’s not a stretch to envision her winning an Eclipse. The last three-year-old filly sprinter to win the Eclipse Award for 3-Year-Old Filly was Indian Blessing in 2008 and I think Turbulent Descent has the potential to be the best female sprinter since that great champion.

Tell A Kelly showed none of her well-known late kick in her three-year-old debut, finishing 4th in the five horse field. Honey Chile finished second after helping set the pace up front with Gran Lioness.

The Beaumont will probably have very little impact if any on the Kentucky Oaks, but on the overall sophomore filly picture it could have big ramifications.
Photo Courtesy of Mathea Kelley


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So what that Tell a Kelly came fifth. It's my favorite girl.
Good point. I completely agree. Has Pletcher ruled R Heat Lightning out of the Derby?
She is real good... I don't think it's a huge stretch to say she has the best turn of foot of any three year old. I'd love to see her try a grass race down the road.
  • KyOaksRunner · I think Joyful Victory and R Heat Lightning could rival her turn of foot but she ranks right up there! I can't wait to see what kind of year she has. · 2375 days ago
I was there yesterday, and I can report that Turbulent Descent was very impressive. It would not be a stretch to consider her the best sophomore filly in the land.
  • KyOaksRunner · I agree Brian, she's looking great! I think she could turn out to be the best 1-turn runner since Indian Blessing. · 2375 days ago
Brian Z, was it me or did TD jump a shadow in the stretch. I saw GP do the same thing i believe a few years back, I hate seeing that, but she must have come out of the race fine.
man she won that for fun. i want to see her meet zazu again, those are always great races between them.
Her little 'jump' reminded me of a picture I had saw of Zarkava, who stretched out to her limit to beat her foes.
• I agree her moment is regal, and every aspect of the filly oozes class, I am glad the connections did what they felt best in not trying to ask her to do too much with regards to stretching out, if she can be a champion mare at 6-8furlongs so be it, there is no knock in that, if a couple of 9f races come up a bit on the soft side, take your chances but if pedigree speaks, its about time that the human connections listen.
She did take an awkward step, Wes. I'm not sure if it was jumping a shadow, or shying away from the crowd, but she quickly was back into a smooth impressive stride.

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Thoroughbred Horse Racing is my passion.  It started when at the age of 9 I found a book called Come On Seabiscuit by Ralf Moody on my Mother’s shelf.  Reading that book was one of the most exciting things I ever did as a kid. I read that book so many times that I had entire chapters committed to memory and the dust jacket worn and ripped beyond recognition from so much use. From that point on I was hopelessly addicted, reading every book on horse racing I could get my hands on, especially racehorse biographies. In 2009 I began my own blog called Rail Runner on wordpress and have continued to blog there to this day.

Curlin is probably my favorite racehorse of all time. Being able to attend six of his races will always be one of the highlights of my life. Whenever I need to re-find some inspiration in my life all I need to do is watch one of his incredible victories and relive the memories. Rachel Alexandra ranks right up there too. As any horse racing fan will tell you it’s almost impossible to choose just one favorite and I am no exception. Phar Lap and Citation are another two of my all time favorites and the list could go on and on.

I was homeschooled my entire life by my parents and graduated High School in 2006 at the age of 17.  Currently I am completing my Marketing degree with the hopes of entering the Thoroughbred Horse Racing field as a writer/journalist , or in the marketing/advertising/promotions side of the industry.

It is my dream to someday become a thoroughbred racehorse owner and win major races across the United States. Who wouldn't want that, right?  For about 1 ½ years I was part owner in a racehorse, Lord Greystoke raced, and owned by Hibiscus Stables. I was able to attend one of his races at Belmont Park on Kentucky Derby day, May 2, 2009 and it was an incredible experience. While Lord Greystoke finished 7th in the race, being able to stand in an owner’s box not 30 feet away from Penny Chenery’s owner’s box was one of the most amazing feelings in the world.

Later in the year Lord Greystoke was finally able to break through with a 4 ½ length win which made me feel like one of the world’s most accomplished thoroughbred owners and further fueled my appetite. I think it would be rally neat to win the Appleton Stakes (Gr.3) at Gulfstream Park, even though I'm generally a bigger fan of dirt racing I can't help but think it would be neat for me to win a race with the same name as my last name.

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