3rd-GPX, $43,500, Alw,
Opt. Clm. ($75,000), NW1X, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m, 1:46 1/5, sy.EMOLLIENT (f, 3, Empire Maker--Soothing Touch, by Touch Gold),
a big-figure maiden winner at Belmont Sept. 30, stumbled at the start of the GII Demoiselle S. Nov. 24 at Aqueduct and settled for second to Unlimited Budget (Street Sense) in her most recent appearance. For most of the opening seven furlongs of this allowance not a whole lot went according to plan for the Juddmonte colorbearer, but she found room turning for home and outfinished a stubborn Majestic River (A.P. Indy) to score as the 1-2 chalk. Ground-saving, but in some traffic around the clubhouse turn, Emollient made a middle move and tried to sneak through inside of Majestic River at the five-eighths, but couldn't quite make it. She was shuffled back a bit approaching the lane, but Joel Rosario kept the filly's mind on business and she drove clear late to take it by 3/4 of a length. Lifetime Record: GSP, 4-2-2-0, $132,900. Click for the brisnet.com chart or VIDEO.
O/B-Juddmonte Farms Inc (KY). T-William I Mott.
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