Antoinette checked in fourth on debut over the Belmont turf Sept. 14 and earned her diploma next out by a head over that course Oct. 24. Given a 9-2 chance in this rained-off Tepin S., the bay tugged her way into mid-pack, running on the heels of the pacesetters through a first half-mile in :47.89. Slipping through a seam on the fence in early stretch, she swept clear with a sixteenth left to run and hit the line a length clear with ears pricked. Even-money favorite I Dare U, who drew in as a main track only, was the runner-up.
“She ran very well,” said Leanna Willaford, assistant to trainer Bill Mott. “She handled a bit of adversity being down inside and had to wait until it opened up and come on through, but she ran great. She’s very professional in the mornings and we’re proud she ran to her ability here today.”
As for what’s next, she said, “She’ll most likely head south [Payson Park] from here for the winter, but we’ll talk to the connections and map out a game plan from there.”
Antoinette is the second foal out of UAE Highweight Shuruq, who has since produced a pair of fillies by Medaglia d’Oro and was bred back to Uncle Mo. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
TEPIN S., (NB) $100,000, Aqueduct, 12-5, 2yo, f, 1m (off turf), 1:38.87, gd.
1–ANTOINETTE, 118, f, 2, by Hard Spun
1st Dam: Shuruq (Highweight Older Mare at 4 on UAE Free Hand 7 – 9f & MGSW-UAE, GSW-Tur; and GSP-Eng, $658,709), by Elusive Quality
2nd Dam: Miss Lucifer (Fr), by Noverre
3rd Dam: Devil’s Imp (Ire), by Cadeaux Genereux (GB)
O/B-Godolphin (KY); T-William I. Mott; J-Joe Bravo. $55,000.
Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, $100,750.
2–I Dare U, 118, f, 2, Daredevil–Voyelle, by Broken Vow.
($20,000 RNA Ylg ’18 KEESEP; $25,000 2yo ’19 OBSAPR). O-R.
A. Hill Stable and Weaver, George; B-Fred W. Hertrich III &
John D. Fielding (KY); T-George Weaver. $20,000.
3–Quality Heat, 119, f, 2, Quality Road–Rushen Heat, by
Unusual Heat. ($70,000 Ylg ’18 KEESEP). O-Gary Barber;
B-Calumet Farm (KY); T-Mark E. Casse. $12,000.
Margins: 1 3/4, HF, HF. Odds: 4.50, 1.10, 10.00.
Also Ran: Stretchthestory, More Glitter, Logic N Reason. Scratched: Enola Gay.