Cambier Parc on the Belmont Oaks radar with Herecomesthebride win

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March 02, 2019 04:04pm
Cambier Parc on the Belmont Oaks radar with Herecomesthebride win
Photo: Derbe Glass/Gulfstream Park

OXO Equine’s Cambier Parc, making just her third career start and first in a stakes, overtook stubborn pacesetter Belle Laura in mid-stretch and held off long shot Princesa Carolina late to win Saturday’s $150,000 Herecomesthebride (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

 

The 32nd running of the Herecomesthebride for 3-year-old fillies was the fifth of nine graded stakes worth $1.65 million in purses on a blockbuster 14-race program topped by the $400,000 Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth (G2) for 3-year-olds.

 

Favored at 4-5 in a field of eight, Cambier Parc ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.03 over a firm turf course to give jockey Jose Ortiz his second straight win in the Herecomesthebride, following Thewayiam last winter. It was also the second for trainer Chad Brown, who was first with 2014 female turf champion Dayatthespa in 2012.

 

Ortiz rated Cambier Parc in second to the outside of Belle Laura, making her first start since the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) Nov. 2, through fractions of 24.48 and 49.67 seconds. Cambier Parc forged a short lead on the turf after going six furlongs in 1:13.13, putting away Belle Laura past the eighth pole as Princesa Carolina came with a rush on the outside.

 

“She broke really well,” Ortiz said. “I wasn’t sure if anybody else was going to go to the lead, but [Belle Laura] went ahead and I was sitting in a beautiful position in the first turn so I just tried to get her to relax, and she did. She gave me everything I asked for and she was there for me.”

 

Cambier Parc, a bay daughter of multiple Grade 1 winner Medaglia d’Oro who fetched $1.25 million as a yearling in September 2017, debuted running fourth in a 6 ½-furlong maiden special weight on the dirt Nov. 3 at Aqueduct. She made her sophomore debut Jan. 2 at Gulfstream, drawing off to graduate by four lengths in his first try on turf.

 

“She’s learned a lot with more experience and maturity. She’s a horse we’ve always liked and she’s been looking better as she’s gotten older,” Brown said. “I think once we got her on the grass we found her niche and I think she has a bright future ahead of her. From here we may go to the Belmont Oaks in July.

"I think she’ll stay a mile and a quarter; how we get there I’m not sure. I’ll talk to the owner, Larry Best, but in the meantime we’ll enjoy this win. We’re very excited about the season coming up.”

 

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