La Crete (Medaglia d'Oro–Cavorting, by Bernardini), a half-sister to one of last year's 3-year-old filly stars in Clairiere (Curlin), threw her own hat into the ring with a dogged win in the Silverbulletday S. at Fair Grounds as the current sophomore filly embers begin to flare on the road to the GI Kentucky Oaks. Bumping with Sweet as Pie (Tapit) at the break, La Crete made the lead with Fannie and Freddie (Malibu Moon) tracking in second. La Crete stayed in front through :24.50 and :48.79 fractions, but drifted out coming off the turn as Fannie and Freddie engaged her on the outside. The latter passed La Crete and La Crete briefly gave a convincing imitation of a beaten horse, but the bay would not be denied and fought back with dauntless grit. She won by a length over Fannie and Freddie, galloping out with ears pricked. The Silverbulletday marked the second 2022 points race on the Oaks road and was worth points of 10-4-2-1.
“She's a special horse,” said winning rider Joel Rosario, who was winning his third race on the card in tandem with trainer Steve Asmussen.
La Crete came into the Silverbulletday with only one start under her belt, an easy score in a Churchill Downs maiden special weight going 1 1/16 miles Nov. 20. She made the lead that day, too, opening up by five lengths in the stretch before being geared down in the final half-furlong.
Cavorting, the dam of both Clairiere and La Crete, was a seven-time black-type winner, including in the 2015 GI Test S., the 2016 GI Ogden Phipps S., and the 2016 GI Personal Ensign S. She raced for Stonestreet, who bought her as a $360,000 weanling at KEENOV in 2012. Clairiere, whose wins include last year's GI Cotillion S., is her first foal, with La Crete her second. Both race as Stonestreet homebreds. Cavorting was barren last year, but has a 2-year-old colt named Judge Miller, a full-brother to Clairiere, whom Stonestreet sold last year for $550,000 at KEESEP to Muir Hut Stables. Cavorting was bred to Into Mischief for this spring.
SILVERBULLETDAY S., $145,500, Fair Grounds, 1-22, 3yo, f, 1m 70y, 1:43.93, ft.
1–LA CRETE, 122, f, 3, by Medaglia d'Oro
1st Dam: Cavorting (MGISW, $2,063,000), by Bernardini
2nd Dam: Promenade Girl, by Carson City
3rd Dam: Promenade Colony, by Pleasant Colony
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. O-Stonestreet Stables LLC;
B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY); T-Steven M.
Asmussen; J-Joel Rosario. $90,000. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0,
$159,460. *1/2 to Clairiere (Curlin), GISW, $1,290,992.
2–Fannie and Freddie, 122, f, 3, Malibu Moon–Connie and
Michael, by Roman Ruler. ($150,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP).
O-Columbine Stable LLC.; B-Betz/J.Betz/Burns/Camaquiki
/C.Kidder/et al (KY); T-Albert M. Stall, Jr. $30,000.
3–Bernabreezy, 122, f, 3, Bernardini–Super Allison, by Super
Saver. ($25,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP; $40,000 2yo '21 FTFMAR;
$100,000 2yo '21 EASMAY). 1ST BLACK TYPE. O-Nelson
McMakin & Aaron Kennedy; B-Machmer Hall, Tamme Valley
Farm & Godolphin (KY); T-Matt A. Shirer. $15,000.
Margins: 1, 2HF, HD. Odds: 1.10, 3.40, 5.80.
Also Ran: Candy Raid, Miss Chamita, Sweet as Pie.
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