Letruska Holds Off All Challengers To Win Personal Ensign

Already at the top of the older filly and mare division, already a multiple Grade 1 winner, Letruska demonstrated her dominance over all challengers again Saturday. In the Grade 1 Personal Ensign, she fought off Swiss Skydiver early and then a surging trio of fillies and mares late to earn her third Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In victory in 2021.

Breaking from post four, Jose Ortiz hustled Swiss Skydiver to the lead, but Irad Ortiz, Jr. on Letruska took over on the first turn, darting out to the lead with the 2020 Preakness Stakes winner in second. On the backstretch, Letruska was in front by two, with Miss Marissa, Swiss Skydiver, and Harvey’s Lil Goil behind her. Through early fractions of :23.01 for the quarter-mile and :46.74 for the half, Letruska had no trouble maintaining her lead through challenges from Harvey’s Little Goil on her outside on the far turn, Swiss Skydiver still in position on the rail to challenge again in the stretch. Once again, Letruska was not going to give up the lead.

Into the stretch, Letruska showed no signs of slowing down, with Swiss Skydiver falling back and Bonny South, Royal Flag, and Dunbar Road surging down the stretch. They could not catch her, with Letruska outlasting the closers to win by a half-length. The final time for the 1 1/8-mile Personal Ensign was 1:49.15.

Letruska paid $3.50, $3.10, and $2.60. Bonny South paid $10.60 and $5.30. Royal Flag paid $4.10. Find this race’s chart here.

Winners of Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In events received a fees-paid, guaranteed spot in the starting gate for the corresponding Breeders’ Cup race at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif., on Nov. 6. The G1 Personal Ensign is a Win and You’re In race for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff

“The first part of the race was very important. We take the lead and take the control. Finally, she take the take control running, it was 46 [for the half-mile] and I think today it was a good fraction. For sure, after that she had to be running. Races like this are important to win. I’m very happy because this is a race we put on the schedule,” trainer Fausto Gutierrez said after the Personal Ensign. “I had concerns when they were running at her because these are very good horses and they are in good form. It’s not easy. She don’t have nothing to show to nobody. I’m very pleased with the way she run. Every place that she’s run, with all the horses she run against, she’s fast. She fights and she’s a real racehorse.”

“She’s a special horse. I am very excited and happy for the trainer, Fausto Gutierrez. He’s done such a great job with her. She’s doing great. She does all the hard work, I just pilot her. She’s easy to ride,” Irad Ortiz, Jr. told the NYRA Press Office after the race. “After the Apple Blossom, she was doing something that we didn’t know about her. We always knew she was a nice filly, but she likes to fight. She’s a fighter.”

Bred in Kentucky by owner St. George Stables, Letruska is a 5-year-old mare by Super Saver out of the Successful Appeal mare Magic Appeal. With her win in the G1 Personal Ensign, she has five wins in six starts in 2021, for a lifetime record of 21-16-1-1 and career earnings of $1,936,459.

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