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Gulfstream Today 1.27.2013
Lead: Swift Thoroughbreds and partners’ 3-year-old Irish-bred filly Premier Steps rallied down the stretch Sunday under leading Gulfstream Park jockey Javier Castellano to win a three-horse photo finish in the $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes at one mile on turf in her second start in America for trainer Chad Brown.
A winner of one of five starts in England and France last year, Premier Steps had a lot better day than her first race in the U.S. when she finished sixth in the $100,000 Miesque Stakes (G3) at Hollywood Park on Nov. 24 after shipping 3,000 miles from Brown’s base in New York and encountering trouble at the start. She was beaten only 2 ¾ lengths for it all by the winner.
“She was very game to win today. Her race in the Miesque... I take responsibility,” said Brown. “I wouldn’t normally ship a horse 3,000 miles to make her American debut, but she was doing good and the race seemed perfect for her at a flat mile.
“She had trouble at the start (finished sixth). It’s not something I would do again. We’ll talk it over, but the 1 1/8 miles in the Herecomesthebride (March 2) here might be a little farther than she wants.”
Sunday, Premier Steps raced in third down the backstretch before rallying in the stretch to wear down Patricia Generazio’s Discreet Marq, the pace-setter, for a neck victory with Joyce Young’s Caroline Thomas rallying to finish another neck back in third in the field of six 3-year-old fillies. Premier Steps paid $5 for $2 to win and was timed the mile on ‘firm’ turf in 1:34 1/5.
Who’s Hot: Leading Gulfstream jockey Javier Castellano added three more wins to his meet leading total, including 3-year-old filly Premier Steps in the $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes to give him 45 victories approaching the mid-point of the season, six more than Luis Saez second with 39 tallies.
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