Gary Barber and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners's In Lingerie
(Empire Maker) upped her synthetic track record to three-for-three and secured her spot in the starting gate for the Nov. 2 GI Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Keeneland yesterday with a convincing two-length defeat of her elders in the GI Juddmonte Spinster S. Mystical Star
(Ghostzapper) took second from Upperline
(Maria's Mon), while defending champion Aruna
(Mr. Greeley) settled for sixth. Tucked away in the pocket under pilot John Velazquez behind splits of :24.20, :47.97 and 1:12.41, the 2-1 favorite called out for running room at the top of the lane. She tipped out to stretch her legs in midstretch, and quickly narrowed the gap on Mystical Star, lengthening her margin of victory as she pleased. "She had a perfect trip," said Velazquez. "She broke really well, so we got into nice position. I was a little worried because the horses in front of me, I was expecting they were going to come back to me. Actually they lasted a little longer than I expected, which did help me a little bit. Once I got out at the sixteenth pole and she was in the clear she responded right away. I'm very proud of her." Sunday, Keeneland
JUDDMONTE SPINSTER S.-GI
, $500,000, KEE, 10-7, 3yo/up, f/m, 1 1/8m (AWT), 1:49 2/5, ft.
1--sIN LINGERIE, 121, f, 3, by Empire Maker
1st Dam: Cat Chat (GSW, $154,040), by Storm Cat
2nd Dam: Phone Chatter, by Phone Trick
3rd Dam: Passing My Way, by Pass the Glass
($22,000 RNA yrl '10 KEESEP). O-Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners & Gary Barber; B-Colts Neck Stables LLC (KY); T-Todd A Pletcher; J-John R Velazquez. $300,000. Lifetime Record: 7-4-2-1, $712,265. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 124, f, 4, Ghostzapper
--Capture a Star, by Capote. ($45,000 yrl '09 KEESEP; $45,000 RNA wlng '08 KEENOV). O-Cheyenne Stables LLC; B-W G Lyster III & Green Lantern Stables LLC (KY); T-Christophe Clement. $100,000.
, 124, m, 5, Maria's Mon
--Snowflake (Ire), by Caerleon. O-Stone Farm, John Adger, Oakcrest Farm & Michael Stidham; B-Stonerside Stable (KY); T-Michael Stidham. $50,000.
Margins: 2, 2 1/4, 3/4. Odds: 2.40, 4.80, 8.80.
Also Ran: Starformer, Tiz Miz Sue, Aruna, Kitty in a Tizzy, Karlovy Vary, Juanita, Disposablepleasure.
Scratched: Nefertini, Smart Sting, Summer Soiree.Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs or the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Taylor Made Sales.
In Lingerie was a 6 1/4-length debut victoress at Turfway Park in January for trainer Stephen Lyster, and was purchased privately by her current connections off that promising unveiling. Second to eventual GI Mother Goose S. winner Zo Impressive (Hard Spun) in a Gulfstream optional claimer a month later, the bay returned to the scene of her debut to annex the
GIII Bourbonette Oaks by an emphatic six-length margin. She followed that up with a dirt tally in Pimlico's GII Black-Eyed Susan May 18 before hitting the bench for a brief freshening. Backed down to 3-2 when resurfacing in Saratoga's July 21 GI Coaching Club American Oaks, In Lingerie had to settle for third behind Questing (GB) (Hard Spun) and Zo Impressive. She was no match for the former's nine-length tour-de-force in the Aug. 18 GI Alabama S., but finished eight lengths clear of the third-place finisher.
"We were hopeful [she would run well]," trainer Todd Pletcher said of the winner, who was venturing out of events restricted to sophomores for the first time. "She ran very well at Saratoga against the best 3-year-old fillies in the country and we knew she liked the Polytrack. We were just hoping that she'd transfer that form from Turfway early on. We knew she was training well, so we were optimistic."
As far as a trip to the Breeders' Cup, Pletcher added, "I'll talk to [Eclipse's] Aron [Wellman] and Gary [Barber] and we'll see how she comes out of it and talk about some options. I'd say she's the kind you could look at a couple of different races with."
In Lingerie is out of GII Nassau County S. winner Cat Chat (Storm Cat), a daughter of 1993 champion 2-year-old filly Phone Chatter (Phone Trick). Cat Chat has an unraced 2-year-old by Unbridled's Song, and a pair of Candy Ride (Arg) fillies foaled in 2011 and 2012.