Inspired Runs off with Ladies Turf Sprint

Inspired Runs off with Ladies Turf Sprint


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Peter Blum Thoroughbreds’ 5-year-old homebred mare Inspired raced up to take the lead not long after the start of Sunday’s $70,000 Ladies Turf Sprint at Gulfstream Park, and was never threatened as she held a safe margin of one length to the finish in the five-furlong grass course dash.

Ridden by John Velazquez for trainer Allen Iwinski, Inspired was briefly outrun from the gate by Honey Chile before getting into rhythm down the backstretch. The chestnut daughter of Unbridled’s Song was posting her fifth victory in 15 career starts after shipping out of town for a similar wire-to-wire score in the Pan Zareta Stakes at Fair Grounds on Jan. 21.

Iwinski said after the race, “The truth of the matter is that in her past few races we’ve tried to do so many things with her. We were trying to get her to rate and have her go a little further. When she was getting beat we were taking her back, trying to get her to do something that wasn’t really her.

“When Johnny (Velazquez) rode her for the first time here (Dec. 24) we tried to rate her that day, but she didn’t have the lead until midway of the turn. Johnny said, ‘I had them. I think I should have let her go and run her own race.’ So we did that at the Fair Grounds and she just ran away from there. She’s a much better filly when you let her do her thing.”

Velazquez said, “Not much you can say other than put her on the lead and let her go. The first time I was on her she was on the lead and I was fighting with her and she didn’t finish anywhere (fourth). Last time in Louisiana, I let her do her thing. I did the same thing today and I guess she proved me right.”

Inspired paid $10.80 for $2 to win. David Ross’ Classy Zip rallied for second in the stretch, finishing a half-length ahead of James Miller’s Honey Chile in third in the field of 10 fillies and mares as the winner was timed the five furlongs on ‘firm’ turf in 55:41.