Best Behavior Notches First Graded Victory in Sugar Swirl
December 26, 2015 10:39am
Best Behavior wins 2015 Sugar Swirl
Photo: Leslie Martin, Gulfstream Park
Miller Racing’s Best Behavior notched her first graded-stakes victory Saturday at Gulfstream Park, upsetting heavily favored Stonetastic in the $100,000 Sugar Swirl (G3).

It may have been the last time trainer Marty Wolfson saddled the 5-year-old daughter of Into Mischief for a race since she is scheduled to be sold at auction in February. Claimed by her current connections for $62,500 out of a optional claiming allowance win at Gulfstream Aug. 29, 2014, the Ontario-bred mare prevailed by two lengths over Stonetastic, the 1-5 favorite who was coming off a subpar showing in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) at Keeneland Oct. 31.

Best Behavior had returned from a five-month layoff to finish second behind stablemate Cali Star in the Rampart Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Dec. 12.

“She’s really good right now. She’s coming off a mile against Stonetastic, who’s coming off a Breeders’ Cup race. I knew she would outkick anybody, This is a nice claim,” Wolfson said.

“That race really tightened her up. The five months off really helped her. She had a hard campaign, even though she didn’t run a lot. She shipped back and forth to Maryland. There was a frozen track and I had to wait an extra week because they cancelled. It was a tough winter for her and it took a toll on her.”

Best Behavior had a clear path to victory after Stonetastic was placed in tight quarters and taken up by Paco Lopez when Dogwood Trail drifted to the inside while being hustled to the lead by Jeffrey Sanchez along the backstretch. Jockey John Velazquez was able to attain a perfect stalking position outside of Dogwood Trail along the backstretch and around the far turn, while Stonetastic raced directly behind the pacesetters along the rail. Best Behavior was sent to the lead at the top of the stretch, getting the jump on a driving Stonetastic, and drew off to a comfortable victory.

"It worked out perfect. Here's the thing, we expected those two horses to go, but we wanted to come out running in case something changed, and it did right away, so I was glad to come out running and be where I was,” Velazquez said. “Once I got to the half-mile pole it was very nice."

Best Behavior, the 5-1 second choice, ran six furlongs in 1:09.69. Stonetastic held on to take second by a nose over a late-driving You Bought Her. The winner earned $60,760 for her ninth career win in her 28th start, boosting her bankroll to $344,019.

“I was glad the way [the race] turned out. I told John that the worst races for Stonetastic is when you lay on her and he didn’t have to lay on her. I really liked her at that point.,” Wolfson said. “She drew away from her (Stonetastic) at the end.”

Source: Gulfstream Park



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