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Shifty She Makes Most of Return, Seeks Third Straight Stakes Win Saturday

Jul 22, 2021
Gulfstream’s $75,000 Monroe Draws a Dozen for the Turf

– Just moments after watching Shifty She finish fourth in April off a 16-month layoff – a race where  the mare got beat less than two lengths at a mile on the turf after setting a brisk pace – trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. turned to co-owner and co-breeder Chris Pallas on the Gulfstream Park horse path and said, “This mare is going to be a stakes winner.”

Shifty She hasn’t disappointed.

The 5-year-old mare will attempt to win her third consecutive stakes race Saturday when she faces 11 other fillies and mares in the $75,000 Monroe. Scheduled at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, Shifty She will face a competitive group including stakes winner Starship Nterprise, Glenn Hill Farm’s Drapes and Global Brand, and Arindel’s Key Biscayne, third in last year’s Saratoga Oaks and beaten less than two lengths in the Lake Placid (G2).

Bred by Pallas and brother-in-law George Klein and owned by Pallas and Harvey Rothenberg, known as one of the few people to attend every Super Bowl, Shifty She is a daughter of Gone Astray and out of the Strong Hope mare Perilous Hope. Pallas and his partners are modest breeders and owners, and Shifty She follows a pattern they have tried to follow since racing the graded winner Mambo Meister, beaten less than two lengths in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1).

“We’ve got to try and find some kind of edge because we can’t match the money of the big outfits,” Pallas said. “George has done a great job with breeding, and we take a chance. The pattern has been the same since Mambo Meister with a prominent mare on both sides of the pedigree. Gone Astray has Inside Information and Perilous Hope has Educated Risk.”

After finishing fourth in her debut in August of 2019, Shifty She reeled off three consecutive wins before being sent to the sidelines for 16 months with a tendon issue.

“We just stopped on her and gave her all the time she needed,” Pallas said. “She had stall rest for five months. We nurtured her and slowly worked her back. Harvey has been patient and Saffie has done a great job.”

After that fourth-place finish in April, Shifty She won the Power Break May 15 and comes into the Monroe off a victory June 12 in the Ginger Punch.

Edgard Zayas gets the mount on Shifty She. Joseph will also saddle Lovely Luvy, third behind Shifty She in the Ginger Punch. J.C. Diaz Jr. rides.

Starship Nterprise returns to the races after winning the Martha Washington over a mile turf course June 19 and returning $68.40. The 3-year-old daughter of Honor Code had just broken her maiden after eight failed attempts in a $50,000 claiming event May 23. Samy Camacho is named to ride.

Arindel’s homebred Key Biscayne will be making her second start off an eight-month layoff. The 4-year-old daughter of Brethren was competitive last summer at Saratoga and at Belmont in the fall where she finished fifth in September’s Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1). Chantal Sutherland has the ride.

Glen Hill Farm, which has won four of 17 starts during the Spring/Summer meet, has Drapes and Global Brand entered. Drapes, a daughter of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, makes her stakes debut off two wins and a second place finish this year on the turf. Emisael Jaramillo has the ride on Drapes. Romero Maragh has the mount on Global Brand. Both are trained by Thomas Proctor.

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