Mylady Curlin Refuses To Give In Allaire DuPont Distaff

The Sather Family’s homebred filly Mylady Curlin was relentless in Friday afternoon’s Grade 3 Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes at Pimlico, battling the length of the stretch with 2-1 favorite Golden Award and holding on to win by a nose. The 4-year-old Curlin filly, ridden by Luis Saez, was sent off as the 3-1 second choice in the field of seven. Mylady Curlin ran nine furlongs over the fast main track in 1:47.64, just two-fifths of a second off the track record.

It was the second stakes win of the afternoon for trainer Brad Cox, following Covfefe’s track record-setting performance in the $150,000 Adena Springs Miss Preakness (G3).

“We’ve liked her from the get-go. She’s a nice filly,” Cox said. “She ran a big race at Keeneland the other day [Winning an optional claimer on April 25]. Even though it was a four-horse field, she had a wide trip. Luis [Saez] rode her that day; the only thing I asked him to do [today] was to ask her to run away from there. I think having the lead and the rail was a nice place. I thought she fit well with these horses on paper. She got some good figures. The one thing I was concerned about was running her back a little quickly off the allowance race, but she was training well and looked good.”

Mylady Curlin broke sharply from the center of the field, taking the lead immediately out of the gate and holding a half-length advantage over Golden Award through the clubhouse turn and down the backstretch. Behind those two raced the three-wide trio of Gio Game, Another Broad and Isotope, while Timeless Curls and My Miss Lilly brought up the rear of the field.

After early fractions of :24.23 and :47.89, Golden Award began to inch into Mylady Curlin’s lead. The pair drew even at the top of the stretch, and though they battled the entire length of the lane it was Mylady Curlin who was able to hold on by a nose at the wire. It was five lengths back to Gio Game in third, while Another Broad checked in fourth. Isotope, Timeless Curls, and My Miss Lilly completed the order of finish.

“She broke pretty well,” Saez said. “I was running pretty good – last time I rode her at Keeneland she tried so much. Today, she had a clean break and was in the lead. And more distance, it was better, and when she came to the stretch it was really a battle. I had the feeling I had it all the way. At one point she [Golden Award] got there, but I felt I had it.”

Bred in Kentucky by her owners, Mylady Curlin is out of the six-time stakes winning mare Ladyledue, by Slewdledo. The DuPont is her third straight victory, improving the filly’s overall record to five wins from 10 starts and earnings of just over $300,000.

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