Secret Someone Rolls Home in Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf

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Photo: Reed Palmer/Kentucky Downs

Robby Albarado certainly wasn’t surprised that Secret Someone won Saturday’s $348,666  Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf. “She’s royally bred,” the jockey said. “I expected a nice race from her, but not this explosive.”

The Mike Stidham-trained Secret Someone closed from last under Albarado, mowing down the competition in Kentucky Downs’ long stretch for a 3 3/4-length victory over 7-5 favorite Cash Control, who had put the most pressure on pacesetting Susie Bee. Secret Someone finished the mile in a hand-timed 1:38 and paid $15.40 as the fourth choice.

And yes, she’s seriously bred. Owned by breeder Greg Goodman’s Mt. Brilliant Stable, Secret Someone is a daughter of Horse of the Year A.P. Indy and out of Private Gift, a daughter of 1990 Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Unbridled.

“I had a good trip,” Albarado said. “I saw the whole field race to the bottom of the hill. I saw the favorite between horses, and I applauded that. That kind of helped me a little bit, coming by at the finish. I swung out turning for home and she ran on quick…. I didn’t think she could win this easy, but the whole race she was there for me.”

Secret Someone now is 5-0-2 in 18 starts, more than doubling her earnings to $405,951. She had raced once before at Kentucky Downs, finishing a close fourth in the One Dreamer. Three races back she won the $100,000 Lady Canterbury at a mile, then was a good third while setting the pace in Arlington’s Grade 3 Modesty before finishing eighth in Arlington’s Grade 1 Beverly D, both those races at 1 3/16 miles. 

“I just don’t think that was her best distance,” said Albarado, aboard for the Chicago races. “I think today was her best distance, going a mile. Anything over that is stretching it a little bit.”

In addition to the $210,210 purse, Secret Someone won her first stakes. 

Stidham, who was not at Kentucky Downs, told Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee by phone from Chicago: “I wish I owned her myself. With her pedigree, and making her a stakes-winner – it’s like hitting the lottery. That was really impressive today. She beat some nice horses.”

Cash Control continued her consistent ways in defeat, with five wins, three seconds, a third and fourth in her last 10 starts.

“I saw no excuse at all,” said Brad Cox, who trains Cash Control for Richard and Bert Klein of Louisville. “Our mare is a little hectic in the paddock — kind of different where they can see the racetrack. But the end the other horse went a little faster, and she won convincingly, so it is what it is.”

“I thought I was in a very comfortable spot without fighting her,” said jockey Shaun Bridgmohan said. “I thought she was moving very comfortable. Obviously the winner ran a great race. Because she ran by me at the eighth (pole). She tried. I thought she handled (the turf) great.”

She’s Not Here, coming off her second straight win in Del Mar’s Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon, was another neck back in third in the field of eight fillies and mares. Rounding out the field were Susie Bee, Christy’s Ready, Stormin Elle, Natural Wonder, Mizz Money. 

Source: Kentucky Downs


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