Winds of Change Racing Stable Corp.’s Rich Mommy
made a four-wide sweep into the stretch and rallied to win her stakes debut in Saturday’s $100,000 Sugar Swirl (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
The 3-year-old daughter of Algorithms settled in a stalking position under jockey Luis Saez, as Dearest, the 1-2 favorite ridden by Edgard Zayas, set the pace while pressed by True Romance through fractions of 22.57 seconds and 45.51 for the first half mile. As the pacemakers began to tire entering the stretch, Saez sent Rich Mommy to the outside, and the Victor Barboza Jr.-trained filly outkicked Bodacious Babe to the finish line to register a two-length score.
Rich Mommy ($27.20), who had won three or her last four starts in optional claiming allowance company, ran six furlongs in 1:10.44. Bodacious Babe, ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., held second, 1 ¼ lengths ahead of More Than a Party, a 70-1 longshot ridden by Albin Jimenez.
Sugar Swirl Quotes
Trainer Victor Barboza Jr. – “The filly had been doing good for the race and the distance was perfect for her. The jockey followed instructions exactly and thank God it all worked out. We have taken it step by step with this filly and at this moment she is doing very well. I’m very, very happy for the barn, for the owners, for the filly, for everyone.”
“It’s possible she will run next on Pegasus Day in the seven-furlong Grade 3.” ($125,000 Hurricane Bertie)
Jockey Luis Saez – “I had a perfect trip. We broke pretty good and were in the right spot. When I saw the [Bodacious Babe] make her move I thought we might be stuck, but I saw an opportunity to get out and she took off. Victor Barboza told me she comes from behind and I watched her replays, so I let everyone go ahead and we made our run from behind and it worked out well for us.”
Source: Gulfstream Park