With the crowd still buzzing over the stirring stretch run of The Sprint, 14 of Thoroughbred racing's most precocious two-year-old fillies, seemingly unaffected by the din, head postward to do battle. Here's the field of debutantes in post position order:
PP HORSE YEAR AGE WEIGHT JOCKEY TRAINER ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1 FLANDERS 1994 2 119 P. DAY D. W. LUKAS 2 LA PREVOYANTE 1972 2 119 J. LE BLANC J. STARR 3 RUFFIAN 1974 2 119 J. VASQUEZ F. WHITELEY JR. 4 PHONE CHATTER 1993 2 119 C. NAKATANI R. MANDELLA 5 TOP FLIGHT 1931 2 119 R. WORKMAN T. J. HEALEY 6 MOCCASIN 1965 2 119 L. ADAMS H. TROTSEK 7 MEADOW STAR 1990 2 119 J. SANTOS L. JOLLEY 8 LANDALUCE 1982 2 119 L. PINCAY JR. D. W. LUKAS 9 AFFECTIONATELY 1962 2 119 W. BLUM H. JACOBS 10 COUNTESS DIANA 1997 2 119 S. SELLERS P. BYRNE 11 SILVERBULLETDAY 1998 2 119 G. STEVENS B. BAFFERT 12 NUMBERED ACCOUNT 1971 2 119 B. BAEZA R. LAURIN 13 BEWITCH 1947 2 119 D. DODSON H. A. JONES 14 IT'S IN THE AIR 1978 2 119 E. DELAHOUSSAYE L. S. BARRERAFollowing are race records (two-year-old and lifetime) for each horse, as well as notable accomplishments and other tidbits:
1 FLANDERS 1994 Race Record: 5-4-0-0 $805,000 Lifetime Record: 5-4-0-0 $805,000 - Champion Two-Year-Old Filly - Won Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Churchill Downs - Finished first in Matron S. (G1) at Belmont Park but was disqualified from purse money 2 LA PREVOYANTE 1972 Race Record: 12-12-0-0 $417,109 Lifetime Record: 39-25-5-3 $572,417 - Champion Two-Year-Old Filly (U.S. and Canada) - Horse Of The Year in Canada (1972) - Champion Older Filly in Canada (1974) - Won on all surfaces and defeated colts in the Colin S. at Fort Erie - Finished second in the Kentucky Oaks (G2) at Churchill Downs (1973) 3 RUFFIAN 1974 Race Record: 5- 5-0-0 $134,073 Lifetime Record: 11-10-0-0 $313,429 - Champion Two-Year-Old Filly - Champion Three-Year-Old Filly - Won career debut by 15 lengths, equalling Belmont Park's 5 1/2- furlong record of 1:03 - Won other four starts as a two-year-old by a combined 30 lengths - Won Filly Triple Crown as a three-year-old - Only career defeat came in match race vs. Foolish Pleasure 4 PHONE CHATTER 1993 Race Record: 6-4-1-0 $753,500 Lifetime Record: 15-5-3-1 $838,741 - Champion Two-Year-Old Filly - Won Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Santa Anita - Corey Nakatani subs for Laffit Pincay (who opts for Landaluce) 5 TOP FLIGHT 1931 Race Record: 7- 7-0-0 $219,000 Lifetime Record: 16-12-0-0 $275,900 - Champion Two-Year-Old (both sexes) - Champion Three-Year-Old Filly - Set two-year-old, American filly and world filly earnings records - Won three stakes races vs. colts in 1931, including the Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park, in which she defeated future Kentucky Derby and Preakness S. winner Burgoo King and future Belmont S. winner Faireno while carrying 127 pounds - Only lifetime losses came vs. colts as a three-year-old 6 MOCCASIN 1965 Race Record: 8- 8-0-0 $319,731 Lifetime Record: 21-11-2-4 $388,075 - Champion Two-Year-Old Filly and Horse Of The Year in 1965 - Won stakes in 1965 at Saratoga, Aqueduct, Keeneland, Laurel Race Course and Garden State Park - Full sister to Ridan 7 MEADOW STAR 1990 Race Record: 7- 7-0-0 $992,250 Lifetime Record: 20-11-1-2 $1,445,740 - Champion Two-Year-Old Filly - Won Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Belmont Park - Never won outside New York 8 LANDALUCE 1982 Race Record: 5-5-0-0 $372,365 Lifetime Record: 5-5-0-0 $372,365 - Champion Two-Year-Old Filly - Won Hollywood Lassie S. (G2) by 21 lengths, passing the half-mile mark in 43 4/5 and coasting home in 1:08 - Won Oak Leaf S. (G1) (1 1/16 miles) at Santa Anita by two lengths in 1:41 4/5 - Laffit Pincay chooses Landaluce over Phone Chatter 9 AFFECTIONATELY 1962 Race Record: 13- 9-1-3 $216,357 Lifetime Record: 52-28-8-6 $546,659 - Champion Two-Year-Old Filly - Champion Sprinter and Handicap Mare in 1965 - Won the 1965 Vagrancy H. at Aqueduct carrying 137 pounds - Won the 1965 Toboggan H. vs. males by five lengths in 1:09 2/5 carrying 124 pounds - Won the Sport Page H. and Vosburgh H. (both against males) in 1964 10 COUNTESS DIANA 1997 Race Record: 6-5-1-0 $1,019,785 Lifetime Record: 14-7-2-0 $1,117,186 - Champion Two-Year-Old Filly - Won Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Hollywood Park - Finished second in the Debutante S. (G3) at Churchill Downs for her only loss of 1997 11 SILVERBULLETDAY 1998 Race Record: 7- 6-0-0 $1,114,110 Lifetime Record: 18-14-1-0 $2,821,750 - Champion Two-Year-Old Filly - Won Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Churchill Downs - Won Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs in 1999 - Won her career debut, as well as the Debutante S. (G3) and Golden Rod S. (G3) at Churchill Downs in 1998 12 NUMBERED ACCOUNT 1971 Race Record: 10- 8-0-1 $446,594 Lifetime Record: 22-14-3-2 $607,048 - Champion Two-Year-Old Filly - Defeated future champion Susan's Girl in the Frizette S. at Belmont Park and the Gardenia S. at Garden State Park in 1971 13 BEWITCH 1947 Race Record: 10- 8- 0- 1 $213,675 Lifetime Record: 55-20-10-11 $462,605 - Champion Two-Year-Old Filly - Champion Handicap Mare in 1949 - Defeated stablemate Citation in the Washington Park Futurity, handing him his only loss as a two-year-old - Set a new track record of :46 for four furlongs at Keeneland (1947) - Set a new track record of 1:04 for 5 1/2 furlongs in the Pollyanna S. at Arlington Park (1947) - Set a new track record of 1:10 2/5 for six furlongs in the Inaugural H. at Churchill Downs (1949) - Set a world mile record for mares of 1:34 2/5 in the Beverly H. at Washington Park (1949) 14 IT'S IN THE AIR 1978 Race Record: 8- 5-3-0 $195,665 Lifetime Record: 43-16-9-6 $892,339 - Champion Two-Year-Old Filly - Won Oak Leaf S. (G2) (1 1/16 miles) at Santa Anita in 1:41 1/5Now, for the race:
BEWITCH is quickest out of the gate from post 13, maintaining a neck advantage over RUFFIAN, with AFFECTIONATELY sandwiched between them in third as that trio passes the first quarter in an honest :22 4/5. LANDALUCE settles into stride just off AFFECTIONATELY's inside flank, while FLANDERS hugs the rail around the clubhouse turn in fifth. TOP FLIGHT tracks LANDALUCE from midpack, as COUNTESS DIANA negotiates the first turn a bit wide and LA PREVOYANTE saves ground in pursuit of FLANDERS. SILVERBULLETDAY gets caught widest of all on the turn, and Eddie Delahoussaye, breaking from the extreme outside aboard IT'S IN THE AIR, takes a firm hold of his mount and maneuvers toward the rail. MOCCASIN, NUMBERED ACCOUNT, MEADOW STAR and PHONE CHATTER trail the field in that order. The leaders arrive at the half-mile mark in a sprightly :45 4/5, with BEWITCH maintaining her slim lead over RUFFIAN and AFFECTIONATELY. LANDALUCE, FLANDERS and TOP FLIGHT hold their stalking positions, while LA PREVOYANTE remains stuck on the rail behind FLANDERS. The rest of the field is tightly bunched within five to seven lengths of the pacesetters down the backside, and it appears to be anyone's race at this point. As they head into the far turn, however, RUFFIAN is able to wrest the lead from BEWITCH, and AFFECTIONATELY moves into second. IT'S IN THE AIR and SILVERBULLETDAY gear up on the outside to join the stalkers, and MOCCASIN, NUMBERED ACCOUNT and MEADOW STAR launch their bids from the back of the pack. After accomplishing the first six furlongs in a taxing 1:09 4/5, the great RUFFIAN leaves a weakened AFFECTIONATELY and a fading BEWITCH in her wake, and moves out to a two-length lead at the top of the stretch. LANDALUCE now looms boldly as she is asked for her best by Laffit Pincay, and TOP FLIGHT follows her into third as Sonny Workman guides his determined filly to a clear path on the outside. FLANDERS battles on gamely from the rail but is not able to close on the leaders. MOCCASIN and NUMBERED ACCOUNT weave their way through traffic into fifth and sixth, respectively, but still have some work to do. SILVERBULLETDAY and MEADOW STAR are passing tired horses but running out of real estate. RUFFIAN passes the sixteenth pole in 1:35 2/5 with a length advantage over LANDALUCE and TOP FLIGHT, but it is TOP FLIGHT who is mounting the most serious challenge as she cuts into RUFFIAN's lead with every stride. Those two are on even terms a few jumps from the wire, but in the end, it's ... TOP FLIGHT, whose final surge carries her to a neck victory in a time of 1:42.
Following is the complete order of finish: HORSE FINISH COMMENT ------------------------------------------------------------------------- TOP FLIGHT 1 nk Wore down leader in long drive RUFFIAN 2 1 Caught at wire in gallant effort LANDALUCE 3 3/4 Game effort, no excuse MOCCASIN 4 hd Flying late FLANDERS 5 no Saved ground both turns, evenly MEADOW STAR 6 nk Finished with good energy NUMBERED ACCOUNT 7 1 1/2 Bid, hung SILVERBULLETDAY 8 1 Wide trip LA PREVOYANTE 9 1 1/4 Lacked running room AFFECTIONATELY 10 hd Pressed pace, weakened IT'S IN THE AIR 11 1/2 Wide backstretch, lacked closing bid PHONE CHATTER 12 3/4 Passed faders BEWITCH 13 nk Set pace, tired COUNTESS DIANA 14 Wide first turn, faded That's all for now. The Century Dream Juvenile comes next. We'll keep you posted.
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