Godolphin’s Moiety, perfect in her two career starts, will take on tougher company at Woodbine Saturday in the ninth race of their Aug. 27 card. The 3-year-old filly by Bernardini broke her maiden at Arlington International Racecourse for trainer Eoin Harty on July 8 going wire-to-wire at 6½ furlongs on the main track, then followed it up with a repeat performance at the same distance on July 28. Now Harty would like to see what she can really do.
“She’s put two very good races in back-to-back,” Harty said. “I’m not sure how good she is, but I think this is going to be a pretty good defining test for her.”
After her July 28 win, the daughter of Brazilian Group I-winner Be Happy (BRZ) came back to record bullet works going five furlongs on Aug. 15 and Aug. 22.
“She has had two good workouts,” Harty commented. “I ran her twice in a very short space of time, and she got quite aggressive with me, which is quite common when you do that to kind of highly strung fillies. So I changed some things around, tried to slow her down, change her equipment a little bit, and we’ll see tomorrow if it will pay off. She has a ton of speed, and I’m certainly not going to take that away from her, but I think until she really grows up a little bit and learns to harness that, we’ll be fighting an uphill battle. Hopefully we’ll see a different filly tomorrow…but not too different.”
Moiety will break from post four in a field of six with jockey Gary Boulanger aboard. It will be her third different rider in as many starts, but it hasn’t seemed to impede the filly thus far. She has been installed as the 2-1 favorite on the morning line for her first start over the Tapeta track when she is scheduled to face four stakes-placed runners.
“I’ve run a lot of horses at Presque Isle that have run or trained at Arlington and I think as long as the company you’re keeping is decent that it doesn’t make any difference,” Harty responded when asked about the change in track. “We’ll be running against tougher company, and there’s always a million excuses, but I don’t think the surface is going to be one of them. I can’t predict I’m going to win, but it will be a good yardstick for just exactly how good this filly is and where she is mentally.”
HELICOPTER WINDING DOWN IN FINAL SEASON
A local favorite, 10-year-old Helicopter is likely to make his final career start at Arlington International Racecourse before the 2016 meet ends. Richard Ravin and Christine Wagner’s gelding has started at the Chicagoland oval every year since 2009, endearing him to many including trainer Larry Rivelli. With 92 races under the belt, it’s clear that retirement is in his near future.
“He’s starting to get a little age on him, so instead of shipping him all the way over [to Presque Isle Downs] to run in those specialty races, we figured if he didn’t perform – if he ran second or third – we were going to retire him and we still might,” Rivelli said. “But he’s doing pretty good; he likes to train and he likes to run.”
Helicopter returned to Arlington on Aug. 14 to race after three starts at Presque Isle. The son of Three Wonders showed his familiar late kick and came from 13 lengths off the pace to win by a neck in the 1 1/16 miles race. He is entered back tomorrow, Aug. 27, in a similar race. While Rivelli can’t say for certain what will come after it, when it is time to hang up his hat Helicopter will retire to Dr. Jean White’s farm in Ocala, Florida.
“He’s been a hell of a horse,” Rivelli remarked. “Unbelievable.”
Source: Arlington Park