Sunday, August 3, 2014

Filimbi fights her way to De La Rose win

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Filimbi wins her first stakes race on U.S. soil as the Bill Mott trained entry wins the De La Rose Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday.

The four year old filly stayed off the pace, keeping within five lengths of the leaders, then was let go in the far turn by Joel Rosario, and took command of the race past Dayatthespa at in the final sixteenth mile to win.

Dayatthespa, previously unbeaten in three tries at the Spa, got involved with a duel with Alaura Michele and Ready Signal down the backstretch and was worn down in the stretch by the winner.

Pianist came from the back of the pack to finish third.

For Juddmonte Farms, this was Filimbi's first stakes win on U.S. soil, having won the Prix Isola Bella in France three starts ago.  She came from an Allowance Optional race at Belmont Park where she won by a narrowing half length over Scampering and Gathering, two horses who have come back to run 1-2 in an Allowance at Saratoga Race Course on July 20th.

Filimbi has now won five out of ten starts, and is a perfect ten for ten in the money.

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