Selflessy goes from maiden to stakes winner with Miss Grillo score

September 29, 2019 04:19pm
Selflessy goes from maiden to stakes winner with Miss Grillo score
Photo: Janet Garaguso/NYRA

Selflessly is a maiden no longer. Making her second career start, Klaravich Stable's 2-year-old filly rallied to the lead at the top of the stretch and held off all comers to score a one-length win in the Grade 2, $200,000 Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont Park on Sunday. 

Trained by Chad Brown, Selflessly on debut was beaten a half-length by Miss Grillo contender Jazzique when debuting at 5 1/2-furlongs at Saratoga on Aug. 28.

Stretched to 1 1/16-miles for start No. 2, Selflessly raced unhurried in mid-pack behind fractions of :24.47 and 48.84 set by Ava K's Girl and Wicked Title. Wicked Title, a rank outsider in the wagering, spurted clear to open a big lead on the turn while completing six furlongs in 1:13.46.

Selflessly started passing horses three-wide on the turn and quickly closed the gap entering the stretch. She surged to the lead at the top of the lane and, under steady handling from Javier Castellano, kept to task to fend off a furious late rally from favored Crystalle. Jazzique won a tight photo for the show dough. 

"I think stretching out and the experience from that first start were the keys here," Brown said. "She ran a really good race on debut and was unlucky not to win. She galloped out well in the race and she has really done everything right since her debut. With these 2-year-olds, we get them started when they're ready and let them come along at their own pace. She came into this race really training well, and I just treated the debut as if she won."

Selflessly, a Maryland-bred daughter of More than Ready, completed 1 1/16-miles in 1:42.32 and paid $12.60. This was Brown's fourth-straight Miss Grillo win and record eighth all-time. Klaravich Stable purchased Selflessly for $190,000 as a weanling at the Keeneland November Sale.

There is now a decision to be made on whether Selflessly will continue to the one-mile Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. A supplemental fee would have to be paid to enter as she's not Breeders' Cup nominated. Connections are currently leaning towards paying the supplement. 

"I think so," Brown said. "We'll talk to the owner about it, but if she comes out of the race sound and doing well I'd be inclined to go."

Selflessly will try to become Brown's fourth filly to notch a Miss Grillo-Juvenile Fillies Turf double after Lady Eli, New Money Honey and Newspaperofrecord tackled the feat in their respective years.

Trainer John Kimmel remained upbeat about runner-up Crystalle and indicated it's on to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. 

"The slow pace didn't help....for her to close into three-quarters in 1:13 and change was impressive," Kimmel said. 

"Another two jumps and she would have been in front everybody. Not only that, she had to give up some distance," Kimmel continued. "I'm disappointed we didn't win the race, but I'm certainly not disappointed in the filly. Regardless of what she does at the Breeders' Cup going a mile, I think she has tremendous potential for next year.


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