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Pace Made the Race for Parranda in $100,000 Our Dear Peggy
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – When Rodolfo Garcia watches Parranda run, the veteran South Florida trainer usually knows where to look to find his 4-year-old filly during the early stages of her races – in the back of the pack.
Parranda has carved out a pretty decent career for herself with her late-running style, but the daughter of English Channel and her jockey, Elvis Trujillo, threw a curve at her trainer in Saturday’s $100,000 Our Dear Peggy Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Garcia had to shift his focus to the front of the pack during the early going of the mile turf stakes to get a glimpse of Parranda as she closely attended the pace set by Dreamlicious. Aware that the pace was exceedingly slow, Trujillo wisely allowed Parranda to take advantage of her alert break from the gate to stay with Dreamlicious, who put up crawling fractions of :26.57 and :52.43 for the first half mile.
“I saw all along that there was no speed. She’s a closer; she’s always dead last, but I told Elvis, ‘It’s up to you.’ He knows her very well,” Garcia said. “They broke out of the gate very sharp. She broke sharp and all he did was stay where they were. That’s not the race that I’m used to. I was a little concerned, but when I saw :26 and :52, I relaxed a little bit.”
Not having to expend much energy to attend the pace, the 9-5 favorite readily moved to the lead on the turn into the homestretch and drew off to score by 2 ¼ lengths.
“My plan was to take off the pace, but she broke so sharp and I realized the pace was so slow, so I took a chance,” Trujillo said. “I stayed close and it all worked out.”
Parranda ran the mile over the firm turf course in 1:39 to earn $60,000 for the Lone Stable, LLC. Millennia, who captured the Ta Wee Stakes at Gulfstream on Aug. 19, finished second under Jesus Rios, a nose ahead of Creative License and jockey Luca Panici.
Paranda, who had previously won two of seven starts over the Gulfstream turf course, had a productive summer campaign at Monmouth Park, winning an allowance race and finishing a close second in the Omnibus Stakes last time out.
“We missed the Ominbus (at Monmouth) by a head. She was lugging in,” Garcia said. “She didn’t lug in today.”
Her atypical Our Dear Peggy performance produced the first stakes success for Parranda, who has won five of 16 career starts and appears to be getting better with every start.
“The good turf horses get better with age,” Garcia said, “like a good wine.”