Emollient Changes Tactics in Spinster

October 06, 2013 04:29am
Juddmonte Farms’ Emollient, the lone 3-year-old filly in the field, delivered a last-to-first 1¼-length victory in the 58th running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) for fillies and mares before a crowd of 9,034 on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Keeneland.

The victory earned Emollient a berth in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) to be run Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.

Trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Mike Smith, Emollient covered the 1 1/8 miles on the main track in 1:47.75. It marked the second Juddmonte Spinster victory for Mott, who won the 2009 race with Mushka and for Smith who won the 1995 edition of the race with Inside Information.

The victory was worth $300,000 and increased Emollient’s earnings to $958,900 with a record of 10-5-2-0.

Emollient, a homebred daughter of Empire Maker out of the Touch Gold mare Soothing Touch, became only the fourth 3-year-old to win the Central Bank Ashland (G1) in the spring and come back to win the Spinster in the fall. She joins Doubledogdare (1956), Optimistic Gal (1976) and Take Charge Lady (2002).

In her victory in the Central Bank Ashland, Emollient led gate to wire in a nine-length victory in her only other race on Polytrack. On Sunday, Emollient broke last in the field of 11 as Sisterly Love set the pace.

Sisterly Love led the field through fractions of :23.60 and :47.30 while Emollient raced at the back of the pack. Entering the far turn, Emollient began to pick off rivals and swung widest of all in a tightly bunched pack at the head of the stretch.

Emollient put away Sisterly Love at the eighth pole and repulsed a bid from Summer Applause to begin drawing away at the sixteenth pole.

Sent off as the favorite, Emollient returned $6.60, $4.20 and $4. Summer Applause, ridden by John Velazquez, returned $7.80 and $5.20 with Wine Princess finishing 3½ lengths back in third under Shaun Bridgmohan and paying $7.40 to show.

Sisterly Love finished a half-length back in fourth and was followed in order by Open Water, Byrama (GB), Hard Not to Like, Hard to Resist, Closing Range, Sisterhood and On Fire Baby.




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She won in a slowspeed number.Winning is relative,when she stepped up against the good fillies in NY.You needed a search party to find her.If you want to run her against allowance foes on the turf,she will win all the time.Somehow i think Mott and Juddmonte have bigger fish to fry.Right now,they are missing many ingredients to face the very best.
She will eventually handle the turf? She already has won at 1 1/4 in a G1 on the extremely firm turf native to California... she has every chance in the FM Turf
odd that Arlington does not project that same confidence
If they were smart,they would bypass both.She really has no shot to win either of those races at this stage.Point to another race.Allow her the chance to develop.She will eventually handle the turf.Right now,if they ever ran her in the Cup.They would be taking steps backwards.
If the BC Distaff was run at Keeneland or Woodbine I would put the house on this filly to win. But being on Dirt, I can see them pointing her to the F&M Turf
She was visually awesome on Sunday,If the Mott / Smith team can only figure out how to get her to perform on the other surfaces,as well as she does on the CARPET.Amino can start a major T-Shirt buisiness on the other side of the border. She beat a very nice field also.I am sure Bill Mott is now dissapointed tha S.A. went back to the conventional Dirt.Doubt there are to many fillies that can handle this one on the carpet.

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