Holy Helena Bursts Clear In The Very One

Frank Stronach Stables’ Holy Helena put on a show in Saturday’s Grade 3 The Very One Stakes, demonstrating a big turn of foot down the stretch to defeat 6-5 favorite Daring Duchess by about two lengths on the wire. The 4-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper, ridden by Irad Ortiz, completed 1 3/16 miles on Gulfstream Park’s firm turf in 1:54.67. Winner of the Queen’s Plate over males last year, Holy Helena is trained by Jimmy Jerkens. She went off at odds of 7-2 in her first graded stakes victory.

Daring Duchess left the starting gates in front, and drew off to a two-length lead around the clubhouse turn. Down the backstretch, the favorite was moving comfortably as she ticked off fractions of :24.28, :49.73, and 1:14.52. Palinodie was tracking from second, while Holy Helena shared the third position with Shezaprado.

Approaching the far turn, Holy Helena made a move up the rail, but had to wait until Palinodie got out a bit turning for home to make her move. When Ortiz gave Holy Helena the signal, she burst forward impressively to take the lead. Striding toward the wire, the filly was an easy winner by about two lengths. Daring Duchess was an even-running second, while Palinodie held on to finish third. Empressof the Nile was fourth.

Bred in Ontario by Stronach’s Adena Springs, Holy Helena is out of a winning daughter of Holy Bull. The filly won both the Woodbine Oaks and the Queen’s Plate, but did not win again until an allowance race in February at Gulfstream. The Very One is her first graded stakes win, and improves her record to five wins from eight starts with earnings of nearly $900,000.

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