July 25, 2024

Juvenile Fillies

Last updated: 9/29/04 8:20 PM


Race No. 2 — The Century Dream
Juvenile Fillies (1 1/16M)


By Paul Buckley


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   WT   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.
BARRERA


Following are race records (two-year-old and lifetime) for
each horse, as well as notable accomplishments and other tidbits:



1 FLANDERS



Champion
Two-Year-Old Filly
Finished
first in Matron S. (G1) at Belmont Park but was
disqualified from purse money




1994
Race Record:
  5-4-0-0,
$805,000
Lifetime
Record:
  5-4-0-0,
$805,000
     


2 LA
PREVOYANTE






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)




1972
Race Record:
  12-12-0-0,
$417,109
Lifetime
Record:
  39-25-5-3,
$572,417
     


3 RUFFIAN







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




1974
Race Record:
  5-5-0-0,
$134,073
Lifetime
Record:
  11-10-0-0,
$313,429
     


4 PHONE
CHATTER




Champion
Two-Year-Old Filly
Won
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Santa Anita
Corey
Nakatani subs for Laffit Pincay (who opts for Landaluce)




1993
Race Record:
  6-4-1-0,
$753,500
Lifetime
Record:
  15-5-3-1,
$838,741
     


5 TOP
FLIGHT






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




1931
Race Record:
  7-7-0-0,
$219,000
Lifetime
Record:
  16-12-0-0,
$275,900
     


6 MOCCASIN




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




1965
Race Record:
  8-8-0-0,
$319,731
Lifetime
Record:
  21-11-2-4,
$388,075
     


7 MEADOW
STAR




Champion
Two-Year-Old Filly
Won
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Belmont Park
Never won
outside New York




1990
Race Record:
  7-7-0-0,
$992,250
Lifetime
Record:
  20-11-1-2,
$1,445,740
     


8 LANDALUCE





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




1982
Race Record:
  5-5-0-0,
$372,365
Lifetime
Record:
  5-5-0-0,
$372,365
     


9 AFFECTIONATELY






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




1962
Race Record:
  13-9-1-3,
$216,357
Lifetime
Record:
  52-28-8-6,
$546,659
     


10 COUNTESS
DIANA




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




1997
Race Record:
  6-5-1-0,
$1,019,785
Lifetime
Record:
  14-7-2-0,
$1,117,186
     


11 SILVERBULLETDAY





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




1998
Race Record:
  7-6-0-0,
$1,114,110
Lifetime
Record:
  18-14-1-0,
$2,821,750
     


12 NUMBERED
ACCOUNT



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




1971
Race Record:
  10-8-0-1,
$446,594
Lifetime
Record:
  22-14-3-2,
$607,048
     


13 BEWITCH








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)




1947
Race Record:
  10-8-0-1,
$213,675
Lifetime
Record:
  55-20-10-11,
$462,605
     


14 IT’S
IN THE AIR



Champion
Two-Year-Old Filly
Won Oak Leaf
S. (G2) (1 1/16 miles) at Santa Anita in 1:41 1/5




1978
Race Record:
  8-5-3-0,
$195,665
Lifetime
Record:
  43-16-9-6,
$892,339
     


Now, 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:

















FINISH
  HORSE
  MARGINS
  COMMENT
1   TOP FLIGHT   nk   Wore down
leader in long drive
2   RUFFIAN   1   Caught at
wire in gallant effort
3   LANDALUCE   3/4   Game effort,
no excuse
4   MOCCASIN   hd   Flying late
5   FLANDERS   no   Saved ground
both turns, evenly
6   MEADOW STAR   nk   Finished
with good energy
7   NUMBERED
ACCOUNT
  1 1/2   Bid, hung
8   SILVERBULLETDAY
  1   Wide trip
9   LA
PREVOYANTE
  1 1/4   Lacked
running room
10   AFFECTIONATELY   hd   Pressed
pace, weakened
11   IT’S IN THE
AIR
  1/2   Wide
backstretch, lacked closing bid
12   PHONE
CHATTER
  3/4   Passed
faders
13   BEWITCH   nk   Set pace,
tired
14   COUNTESS
DIANA
  —–   Wide first
turn, faded