Pharoah Filly Cruises in Rained-Off Matron
Jody’s Pride, a 10 1/2-length debut winner in an off-turf event upstate Aug. 9, enjoyed the same surface switch here and the result was similar. Off towards the back of the pack, the dark bay quickly picked off rivals down the backside and uncorked a three-deep move around the bend to take command under her own power before a half posted in :45.93. She found no challengers from there on in, and cruised under the line a dominant victoress from last-out New York-bred stakes fourth finisher Tricky Temper. A Primera Vista, second in the Minnesota-bred Northern Lights Debutante S. at Canterbury last out, was third.
“I broke a step slow and I asked her to get herself into the race from there,” said winning pilot Flavien Prat. “Once I hit the turn, she just swapped leads and naturally on her own took me there. I didn’t want to take anything away that came easy.”
Trainer Jorge Abreu said, “The main thing I like about her is that she relaxed a little bit today. That was my worry. When she ran the first time [going] 5 1/2 [furlongs], you know how they can be mentally, especially the fillies–they want to be a little keyed up and stuff like that. The first day we galloped her after the race, she looked like she was going to go the other way, but then she’s got a pretty good, level head, that filly.”
As far as what could be next, the conditioner said, “My goal is to make it to the Breeders’ Cup with her. I think she’s that kind of horse. [Which race] is something we have to sit down and see. We’ll see how she comes out in the morning and take it from there. I would rather go a mile. A mile on the turf. My first preference is turf.”
Jody’s Pride is her sire’s 35th Northern Hemisphere black-type winner, and would be his 19th grade/group winner should the original grade of this race be reinstated after review. She is the 27th Northern Hemisphere stakes winner out of a Scat Daddy mare. Mackinnon, the multiple stakes-winning juvenile who was third in the 2021 GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, is bred on this same American Pharoah–Scat Daddy cross.
Steve Weston’s Parkland Thoroughbreds and trainer Jorge Abreu also campaigned the winner’s dam, who was a $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling and won both of her starts in turf sprints against fellow New York-breds. Jody’s Song’s prior foal Empathy (Uncle Mo) broke her maiden going seven furlongs on the Belmont grass in July. A half-brother to MGSW/GISP Make Mischief (Into Mischief), Jody’s Song has yearling and foal full-brothers to Jody’s Pride. She most recently visited Epicenter.
MATRON S.*, $150,000, Belmont The Big A, 10-8, 2yo, f, 6f (off turf), 1:10.77, ft.
1–JODY’S PRIDE, 120, f, 2, by American Pharoah
1st Dam: Jody’s Song, by Scat Daddy
2nd Dam: Speightful Lady, by Speightstown
3rd Dam: England’s Rose, by Nureyev
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. O-Parkland Thoroughbreds and
Sportsmen Stable; B-Mr. Steve Weston (KY); T-Jorge R. Abreu;
J-Flavien Prat. $82,500. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $140,250.
2–Tricky Temper, 120, f, 2, Into Mischief–Winter Book, by Any
Given Saturday. ($97,000 RNA Ylg ’22 FTKOCT; $230,000 2yo
’23 OBSAPR). 1ST BLACK TYPE. O-Mark H. Stanley; B-Sequel
Thoroughbreds, LLC & Lakland Farm (NY); T-Jeremiah C.
3–A Primera Vista, 120, f, 2, Competitive Edge–
Dazzlingsweetheart, by Dazzling Falls. ($70,000 Ylg ’22
MNSAUG). O/T-Kerri Raven; B-Mary & Eric VonSeggern (MN).
Margins: 3 1/4, 4 3/4, 4. Odds: 1.25, 16.30, 31.75.
Also Ran: Sugar Hi, Leslie’s Loot, Love to Eat, Devil At Midnight. Scratched: Amidst Waves, Ever So Sweet (Ire), Independenceavenue, Marco T., Star of Mystery (GB). *Automatically downgraded when taken off the turf.
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