Wild Beauty turned a rough start into a convincing Grade 1 victory Sunday at Woodbine.
The Godolphin homebred was pinballed out of the gates but recovered nicely under jockey Frankie Dettori and scored in the $400,000 (about U.S. $313,000) Natalma Stakes. She returned $4.90 as the 7-5 favorite, covering a turf mile in 1:35.08.
Wild Beauty, a 2-year-old Frankel filly, won in her North American debut for trainer Charlie Appleby. She clinched a “win and you’re in” berth into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, scheduled for Nov. 5 at Del Mar.
The decorated European rider Dettori scored a Grade 1 win in Ontario for the second straight day. He piloted Walton Street – another Godolphin-owned, Appleby-trained runner – to a Canadian International (G1) score Saturday.
“She jumped, and then she was squeezed and backed out of the pocket,” Dettori told NBCSN of Wild Beauty’s shaky start. “Then, for my luck, they went way too fast. By the time they got to the quarter pole, they all just fell into my lap.”
Cardio Princess, one of four Natalma starters trained by Mark Casse, went to the lead and set fractions of 23.35 and 47.03 seconds. She was followed early by Guileful and Ready Lady while Wild Beauty sat seventh of 10.
Coming off the turn, Dettori found Wild Beauty running room six-wide into the stretch of Woodbine’s spacious turf course. The favorite swallowed up the runners ahead of her and drove on to score by 2 1/4 lengths.
Pizza Bianca was second for trainer Christophe Clement, followed by Eminent Victor and Mrs. Barbara.
Wild Beauty joins Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Discoveries as runners who have clinched Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf berth. Three qualifying races in the division remain: the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket, the Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac at France Galop, and the Jessamine Stakes (G2) at Keeneland.
In six career starts, Wild Beauty owns a record of 3-2-0. She entered the Natalma off a second-place finish in a Group 3 stakes at Newmarket.
“She’s definitely good enough to take part,” Dettori said of Wild Beauty running in the Breeders' Cup, “and I’m sure she’ll do it now because she’s got free entry.”