Girls Know Best wins $175,000 Ladies’ Turf Sprint
Jan 27, 2018
Javier Castellano captures third win of the day.
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Girls Know Best quickly grabbed the lead coming out of the gate and held off Just Takin to win the $175,000 Ladies Turf Sprint by three-quarters of a length Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
The 4-year-old daughter of Caleb’s Posse co-owned by trainer Eddie Kenneally and Brian Chenvert, led through early fractions of :22.31 and :44.53. She completed the 5 furlongs on the turf in :56.45 to earn the first stakes victory of her career. Sent off at 5-1, she paid $13.00.
Cherry Lodge was third, a neck behind Just Talkin.
Blue Bahia, the 5-2 favorite in the field of 12, stumbled while running alongside Girls Know Best in the stretch, and finished off the board.
Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano picked up his third victory of the program.
Ladies’ Turf Sprint Quotes
Trainer Eddie Kenneally (Girls Know Best) :
“Her record was phenomenal, she was five for ten before I claimed her. She had never run on grass and she’s extremely quick. She had been running three quarters on the dirt and I felt like if she took to the grass at five eighths, she could be very nice, so we got lucky. We’ve claimed some bad horses in the past, but fortunately we got a good one this time.”
“Javier rode her here in the prep race and she was second. He rode her with some confidence and she has a lot of natural speed and was comfortable on the lead and it was a great result.”
Jockey Javier Castellano (Girls Know Best):
“I had a perfect trip. I had the speed, I was inside on the rail, I used her enough to secure my spot and dictate the pace, go to the lead and blow the field [away] wire to wire. I felt like there was a horse that was going to go by but I didn’t realize what exactly happened. I just stayed focused on my horse to try to get to the wire first. Anytime you’re on the lead and close to the wire you feel like, ‘I did my job,’ and I’m very proud for the horse.”