On Leave runs down stubborn Gianna’s Dream in My Charmer

On Leave wins 2017 My Charmer
Photo: Leslie Martin
Given a perfect ride from Irad Ortiz Jr., Stuart Janney III homebred On Leave came with a steady run on the outside to run down a stubborn Gianna’s Dream in deep stretch and win Saturday’s $100,000 My Charmer (G3) by a neck at Gulfstream Park.

The 33rd running of the My Charmer for fillies and mares and up was the first of two one-mile turf stakes, and third of five Grade 3 stakes worth $500,000 in purses on the 11-race program. It had been contested at Gulfstream Park West since first run in 1984.

Favored in the field of nine at 4-5, On Leave ($3.60) completed the distance in 1:35.35 over a firm turf course. Stormy Victoria rallied determinedly up the rail late to get third, another neck behind Gianna’s Dream.

It was the second stakes win of the day for Ortiz, who earlier captured the $100,000 Rampart (G3) with Lewis Bay. Ortiz gave On Leave clear run from the three path while rating in fourth down the backstretch as Gianna’s Dream coasted through fractions of 24.09 seconds, 48.28 and 1:12.01.

On Leave, trained by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey, earned her seventh win from 14 career starts, five of those victories coming in stakes, including the 2016 Sands Point (G2). She won the All Along Stakes at Laurel Park Sept. 16 and was coming off a troubled third-place finish behind Kitten’s Roar in the Goldikova (G2) Nov. 4 at Del Mar on the Breeders’ Cup Day undercard.

My Charmer (G3) Quotes

Trainer Shug McGaughey (On Leave): “I thought Irad rode a really good race. I told him to be a little more aggressive leaving the gate than she was in California. I thought he had really good position. He knew the filly on the lead was backing it up a little bit so he went on after her earlier. He hand rode her at the end. He rode her well and I thought she did it well.

“We’ve had a good year with her. We’re going to race her next year. We’ll give her a little time at Payson Park and see where she takes us.”

Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. (On Leave): “I rode her last time and she got in a lot of trouble and that’s why she didn’t win that day, and she got beat by a nice filly. I didn’t want to make the same mistake again. I warmed her up good and I put her right there. We were a little closer and I wanted to be in the clear. She kept giving it to me and she’s the kind of filly that can go a little farther, too, so I knew she’d be all right at the end.”

Source: Gulfstream Park


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