Miss Marcela, Brunette Princess Dead Heat for Win in Any Limit
Mar 23, 2019
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Brunette Princess came with a wide run through the stretch and made a desperate lunge at the wire to catch 19-1 long shot Miss Marcela and dead heat for victory in the $75,000 Any Limit Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
The sixth running of the Any Limit for 3-year-old fillies was the first of two stakes on a 13-race program, followed by the 65th renewal of the $100,000 Hutcheson (G3) for 3-year-old sprinters.
Brunette Princess ($3.80) and Miss Marcela ($16.20), both by Grade 1 winner and 2012 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) runner-up Bodemeister, ran six furlongs in 1:12.49 over a fast main track for their first career stakes win.
Smoken Deb, the 4-5 favorite off her runner-up finish in the seven-furlong Queen Mother Stakes Feb. 18 at Gulfstream, was under steady pressure on her outside from Questionoftheday as they sped through a quarter-mile in 22.26 seconds and a half in 45.67. Miss Marcela and jockey Emisael Jaramillo tracked in third while Brunette Princess was unhurried in behind.
Both front-runners began to fade once straightened for home after going five furlongs in 58.59, when Miss Marcela took over the lead and was set down for a drive. Jockey Chris Landeros steered Brunette Princess far outside to avoid tiring horses and launch his bid.
“To be honest, I didn’t think I won. At the three-eighths pole, I was kind of struggling to stay with them. I know they were going fast up front, so I bided my time,” Landeros said. “I don’t know if it was from the dirt or [Miss Marcela] kind of crossing in and out, but she kind of shied away. I couldn’t really get in a rhythm with here. At the quarter pole, she just took off, though. I don’t know what got into her, but I just hung on and kept her going. I’m just happy that we got a piece of it.”
OGMA Investments’ Brunette Princess was making her third stakes start, having run third in the Glitter Woman Jan. 5 and seventh in the Forward Gal (G3) Feb. 2. The only previous stakes experience for Paumar Racing Stable and Margoth’s Miss Marcela came in the Queen Mother, where she finished fifth.
“My filly is a very good filly. There were only five horses in there and I told Jaramillo, the conditions are excellent,” trainer Antonio Sano said. “I’m so proud of my filly. I told Jaramillo, the race was between him and [Brunette Princess]. At the finish it was a dead heat between those horses. After watching the video, both horses were there at the same moment. It was a great race.”
It was three lengths back to Smoken Deb, who held on to be third by a nose over Getting Warmer. Questionoftheday completed the order of finish.