Capla Temptress handles wet turf, breaks through in My Charmer

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December 15, 2018 05:03pm
Capla Temptress handles wet turf, breaks through in My Charmer
Photo: Lauren King/Gulfstream Park

Team Valor International’s Capla Temptress reeled in favored La Moneda nearing the sixteenth pole and edged clear for a 1 ½-length victory in the Grade 3, $100,000 My Charmer on Saturday at Gulfstream Park.


The 34th running of the one-mile My Charmer for fillies and mares 3 and up over the newly refurbished turf course was the third of five graded-stakes worth $600,000 in purses on an 11-race program.


Capla Temptress ($10) won for the first time in eight starts since taking the Natalma (G1) in September 2017 at Woodbine. La Moneda, the stakes-winning New York-bred with four wins in her last five starts, was second at 2-1 with Special Event another length in third. The winning time was 1:39.08 over a turf course rated good.


Ridden by Joel Rosario for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, Capla Temptress settled in mid-pack as Cherry Lodge went the opening quarter-mile in 23.86 seconds and the half in 48.28 chased by Pas de Soucis with Cherry Lodge’s Todd Pletcher-trained stablemate Bellavais leading the second flight and La Moneda kept in the clear four wide.

"The track was a little soft but it seemed in good shape so I was very happy," Rosario said. "She’s a runner. She just likes to run.”


La Moneda closed in on the leaders around the turn and took over while Rosario followed, weaving his way through traffic before tipping outside for a clear run and powering through the stretch for her fourth career win.


Capla Temptress was winless in five tries this year, most recently finishing fifth in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) Oct. 13 at Keeneland. She also ran second in the Lake Placid (G2) Aug. 18 at Saratoga.

“She’s been in Kentucky for a little bit and ran a credible race over at Keeneland," said Kenny McCarthy, assistant to Mott. "We then sent her down here and had a little time prior to this race. I think Bill was pretty confident today going in. A little worried initially when the rain hit, worried about what kind of ground she really likes, but at the same we felt like this turf course is in such great condition we’d take a shot with her.


“She’s run on soft turf before and we probably haven’t seen her best over it, but she always tries really hard. Super trip, I thought Joel gave her a beautiful ride. She’s a small little filly, so I think the big thing is don’t get in any fights with her and don’t get too cute with her, just keep it simple with her and I think he did that with her today. He positioned her on the backside and when he called on her, she had something to give him.”


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