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Dutrow-Trained Filly Commands 'Respect' In The Ocala
By Ed Gray
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – All Due Respect returned to the state of her birth to capture the $60,000 The Ocala at Gulfstream Park Sunday, defeating five rivals in the stakes restricted to Florida-bred fillies and mares.
A graded stakes-placed filly in Southern California, the 4-year-old daughter of Florida stallion Value Plus was transferred to Richard Dutrow’s Gulfstream Park-based stable in February. Making her first start since finishing seventh in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions at Santa Anita on Jan. 29, All Due Respect lived up to her 4-5 favoritism Sunday with a 1 ½-length victory.
All Due Respect stalked the pace set by Golden Mystery into the stretch before asserting her class and drawing away to victory under Javier Castellano. Sweet N Sour Nina, ridden by Rajiv Maragh, closed from far back to finish second, a half length ahead of Golden Mystery and Luis Saez.
“The race set up perfect. I was able to sit off the front-runner and my horse was doing everything so easy. When I asked her, she really responded,” Castellano said. “I was very impressed with how she ran today. It was really an easy race for her.”
All Due Respect, who was beaten by just a neck in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) last year, ran one mile in 1:36 to notch her fourth victory in 14 starts.
“I was worried going into the race because of the way she was handling in some of her workouts, but we made some adjustments and she was fine today,” Dutrow said. “We’ve just had her since about two weeks after her last race. She had a bad experience in the gate from all I hear, banged her head and lost a tooth or two. She’s a nice addition to the barn and there are a lot of options. She can run on dirt, grass or synthetic. We’ll look around.”
Lopez Rides Three Winners
Paco Lopez, who missed nearly a month of action due to injuries suffered in a spill on Feb. 18, inched closer to the top of the jockeys’ standings with three winners on the card. Lopez, who was leading by 13 wins when he was sent to the sideline, now trails leading jockey John Velazquez, 55-53.