Ullapool Shakes Loose at the Gulf

January 18, 2014 08:13am
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The $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint was virtually decided one jump out of the starting gate in the 6-furlong sprint. When usually speedy R Free Roll broke awkwardly and last from the gate, Ullapool and jockey Jose Lezcano had their own way on an unpressured lead and were never seriously threatened thereafter.Ullapool ($6.40) set all the fractions in the Filly & Mare Sprint before pulling away to a 1 ¼ -length victory, the 5-year-old mare’s third straight front-running score since coming off a year layoff.

“We expected a big effort. She’s good right now,” trainer Eddie Kenneally said. “We really thought she’d run a big race. We were happy with the way she came into the race.”

R Free Roll, who was expected to be a  serious pace factor, was far back as Ullapool posted fractions of  :22.48, :45.45 and :57.37 into the stretch. My Pal Chrisy, the 7-5 favorite ridden by Paco Lopez, made a bid in the stretch but was no match for the free-running pacesetter. Salamera finished third under Javier Castellano, another 2 ½ lengths back. R Free Roll, who made a wide run under Kendrick Carmouche to briefly race a never-threatening second, was a distant fourth.

Ullapool, owned by Kenneally and Marc Detampel, ran six furlongs in 1:10 4/5.“She broke good and it helped me a little bit when the 5 (R Free Roll) didn’t break so good. That way it was a little better pace,  instead of having to go (the first quarter) in 21 (seconds) or something like that,” Lezcano said. “When I really asked her, she gave me a good run. She’s a very nice filly. She does whatever it takes to win. When I look around and saw in the corner of my eye the other horse (My Pal Chrisy) coming, she picked it up again.”

Kenneally claimed Ullapool for $25,000 back on May 24, 2012.“She had run against some class horses and ran OK against some class horses. We felt there was an avenue for the filly to hopefully be an allowance filly at the time, and as it turned out, she was,” Kenneally said. “As she’s continued to mature, develop and improve. She’s certainly a quality filly to have.”The 5-year-old daughter of Langfuhr had won twice in four starts for her new connections before being sidelined for a year.

“She had a lung issue and she had a little pneumonia, but she’s come back good from that,” said Kenneally, whose filly has won back-to-back stakes since her return. “We had to give her a year off; well, she was on the shelf for eight months.”Kenneally said he had no set schedule for Ullapool.“We’ll look at all the options across the country,” he said. “We’re in no rush.”


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