Making her second start for Wolfson, the 4-year-old daughter of Dynaformer scored a 23-1 upset in the $75,000 Panama City, a mile-turf stakes for fillies and mares, making a devastating sweeping move on the far turn and drawing off to a 1 ¼-length victory.
“I've only had this filly six weeks, but I just wanted to try something different and bring her from behind, because her record shows that she stops a lot,” Wolfson said. “She was way back, and it turned out to be a great experiment.”
Ben Walden Jr.’s homebred filly ($49.20) showed speed in her debut for Wolfson before faltering over a sloppy main track in the off-the-turf Wasted Tears at Gulfstream Sept. 5 but demonstrated “She was very happy to be back on the turf. She didn't like the other surface,” Wolfson said. “I think the whole thing is: now she can come from behind. She was very rank when I first got her, but now she's relaxed. It might make her a better filly.”
Prayed For became a stakes winner Saturday under a well-timed ride by Jonathan Gonzales, settling far off the pace after Lemon Point was gunned from the gate to lead her seven rivals on a merry chase, building a six-length lead in mid-backstretch. The field had closed in on the tiring pacesetter and had bunched up on the far turn when Gonzales said, ‘Go,’ to Prayed For, and the Kentucky-bred filly responded with an eye-catching sweep around the field to take the lead leaving the turn into the homestretch. Claiming Victory, a 27-1 longshot, made a late bid under Matthew Rispoli in deep stretch but was no match for Prayed For. The Wolfson-trained, newly acquired In My Time, who was caught in traffic on the turn, finished third under Luca Panici, another 3 ¾ lengths back.
“The other filly [In My Time] I thought ran really good, considering she just shipped in Tuesday,” said Wolfson, who turned former $6,250 claimer Starship Truffles into a Grade 1 winner in 2013 and also developed Ask the Moon (2011) and Jessica is Back (2010) into Grade 1 winners. “I really like that filly. She just needed a race, but she's nice, too.”
Prayed For ran a mile over a firm turf course in 1:36.33 while winning her fourth victory in nine start on turf. Urtheoneeyelove, the 9-5 favorite, was never a factor in a sixth-place finish.