HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Her talent was never a question, but now trainer Kiaran McLaughlin knows Penwith has the resolve to match.
The 3-year-old bay filly made her sophomore debut on Thursday at Gulfstream Park, coming from off the pace to get her nose down on the wire ahead of Comme Chez Soi in the second race.
Favored at 2-5 in a field of six, Penwith went one mile over a fast main track in 1:37.80 in the $48,750 optional claiming allowance, her fourth career start. Jockey Luis Saez was up.
“It was a little closer than we would have liked, but she ran well,” said McLaughlin, who trains Penwith for Darley Stud Management. “It looks like it was a really nice filly she beat in the photo.”
A bay daughter of multiple Grade 1 winners Bernardini and Composure, Penwith didn’t make her debut until Sept. 15 at Belmont Park, finishing sixth after a wide trip going six furlongs. Stretched out to one mile, she went gate-to-wire to graduate on Oct. 27, also at Belmont.
In her prior start, Penwith was again on the lead before being passed in the stretch but came back to be third in a blanket finish behind Stopchargingmaria and Got Lucky in the 1 1/8-mile Demoiselle (G2), beaten just a neck, on Nov. 30 at Aqueduct.
“Today was the first time she’s been off the pace a little bit, and [Saez] said she was a little intimidated with fillies on either side of her down the lane,” said McLaughlin. “But it was a game effort, and she won.” Among the races McLaughlin is considering at Gulfstream for Penwith are the $200,000 Davona Dale (G2) at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 22, and the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) at 1 1/8 miles on March 29.
“She’s already Grade 2 placed, so we think she’s a top filly,” he said. “This was a good experience, and the further she goes will be better for her.”
Pool Gets Deeper: More than one bettor correctly selected the winners of the last six races, pushing the 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover to $206,622.87 heading into Friday’s 10-race program. The 7-2-3-9-9-10 combination returned $20,466.42.
The Super Hi-5 of 10-1-3-6-2 in the finale was worth $1,758. The Pick 5 returned $11,074.05.
Who’s hot: Jockeys Luis Saez and Paco Lopez each picked up a pair of winners on the day. Saez swept the early double with Gift of Speed ($28) in the first race and Penwith ($2.80) in the second, while Lopez won the sixth with Ladyfromhavana ($16.60) and eighth with Bold Thunder ($9.80).
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $206,622.87