La Pelosa Closes to Land Woodbine's GI Natalma

7th at WO , Gr. Stk, 250000Natalma S. (8f)Winner: La Pelosa (Ire), f, 2 by Dandy Man (Ire)

La Pelosa (Ire) | Michael Burns

La Pelosa, placed in a pair of Group 3 events in Great Britain, shipped across the Atlantic to get the money in the GI Natalma S. Sunday at Woodbine, punching her ticket to the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in the process.

Debuting with a three-length score over the synthetic track at Kempton May 23, the bay finished second at 12-1 next out in the G3 Albany S. June 22 at Ascot before disappointing when fifth as the favorite in the G2 Duchess of Cambridge S. July 13 at Newmarket. Third at odds-on in the British Stallion Studs EBF Star S. July 26 at Sandown Park, she got back on form with a runner-up effort in the G3 Sweet Solera S. Aug. 11 at Newmarket.

Getting a feel for the local turf with a quarter-mile breeze in :23 2/5 (1/1) Sept. 13, the Godolphin colorbearer was made a close second choice here and broke a bit awkwardly. Settling comfortably in 10th behind a :22.98 quarter, she progressed along the fence heading into the turn, angled out one path after a :45.26 half and surged into contention passing six furlongs in 1:09.08. Charging to the front at the eighth pole, she drifted out some late, but still was able to hold favored My Gal Betty off by a diminishing length. Local longshot Bold Script won a photo for third.

“She did everything right,” said winning jockey Jamie Spencer, who was riding La Pelosa for the first time. “She did what her U.K. form suggested it would do and the race worked out perfectly. I just got her into her rhythm where she's happy and let her take it from there. The pace was strong, so I was a little bit farther back than I initially planned, but that's the way it panned out and she was very brave in the straight when I asked her for a full effort.”

Pedigree Notes:

Named after a scenic beach on the Italian island of Sardinia, La Pelosa is the ninth stakes winner, sixth graded stakes winner and second top-level winner for her sire, following 2015 G1 HKJC Longines Hong Kong Sprint hero Peniaphobia. The first foal out of Lauren's Girl, a half-sister to GSW Perugina (Fr) (Highest Honor {Fr}), she shares a second dam with MGSW/G1SP Bocca Baciata (Ire), GSW/G1SP Topeka (Ire) (Whipper) and GSW Kalsa (Ire) (Whipper). She has a yearling Hallowed Crown (Aus) half-sister and a weanling half-sister by Mehmas (Ire).

Sunday, Woodbine
NATALMA S.-GI, C$260,500, Woodbine, 9-16, 2yo, f, 1mT, 1:33.70, fm.
1–LA PELOSA (IRE), 121, f, 2, by Dandy Man (Ire)
1st Dam: Lauren's Girl (Ire), by Bushranger (Ire)
2nd Dam: Piacenza (Ire), by Darshaan (GB)
3rd Dam: Kahara, by Habitat
WIN. (€52,000 Wlg '16 GOFNOV; €40,000 RNA Ylg '17
GOFOR; 280,000gns 2yo '18 TATBRE). O-Godolphin; B-Elton
Lodge Stud (IRE); T-Charles Appleby; J-Jamie P. Spencer.
C$150,000. Lifetime Record: GISW-Can & MGSP-GB, 6-2-2-1,
$169,290. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
Werk Nick Rating: F. 2–My Gal Betty, 121, f, 2, by Point of Entry
1st Dam: Gal of Mine, by Mining
2nd Dam: Dansait Dame, by Dance Bid
3rd Dam: Hear Bells, by Third Martini
($130,000 RNA Ylg '17 KEESEP; $120,000 Ylg '17 FTKOCT).
O-William K. Werner; B-Hidden Brook Farm (KY); T-Roger L.
Attfield. C$50,000.3–Bold Script, 121, f, 2, by Speightstown
1st Dam: Original Script, by Malibu Moon
2nd Dam: Seanachai, by El Prado (Ire)
3rd Dam: Tedarshana (GB), by Darshaan (GB)
O-Chiefswood Stable; B-Chiefswood Stables Limited (ON);
T-Stuart C. Simon. C$30,000.Margins: 1, 2, NK. Odds: 3.25, 2.75, 33.40.
Also Ran: Pivottina (Fr), Stillwater Cove, Comic Kitten, Souciologist, Eyeinthesky, Not Orbinary, Chasing the Kitty, Above All Names, Chicas Amigas (Ire), Artilena. Scratched: Mintd (Ire), Bohemian Queen.
Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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