Rich Mommy Surprises For First Graded Win In Sugar Swirl

Purchased for just $6,500 at last year’s OBS June sale, Winds of Change Racing Stable’s Rich Mommy earned her first graded stakes win in Saturday’s G3 Sugar Swirl at Gulfstream Park. The 3-year-old daughter of Algorithms, bred in Kentucky by Lantern Hill Farm, has now won her last three races in a row for trainer Victor Barboza. Luis Saez guided Rich Mommy, who went off at odds of 12-1, to a two-length win from just off the pace, completed six furlongs over the fast track in 1:10.44. The heavily favored Dearest (1-2) finished fourth.

“I had a perfect trip,” said Saez. “We broke pretty good and were in the right spot. When I saw the [Bodacious Babe] make her move I thought we might be stuck, but I saw an opportunity to get out and she took off. Victor Barboza told me she comes from behind and I watched her replays, so I let everyone go ahead and we made our run from behind and it worked out well for us.”

Both True Romance and Rich Mommy broke well, along with Stella Performance, but heavy favorite Dearest rushed up the rail to take a slight lead in the first sixteenth of a mile. Saez kept Rich Mommy in the clear on the outside, waiting in a perfect stalking position while never more than two lengths off the lead.

Dearest pushed her advantage to three-quarters of a length in the first quarter of the contest, setting a fraction of :22.53. True Romance refused to let up on the favorite, however, and was breathing down her neck as the field entered the far turn.

Bodacious Babe joined True Romance in the turn to make a three-wide bid for the lead nearing the head of the lane. The trio hit the half-mile pole in :45.51. Saez and Rich Mommy had been waiting patiently about two paths off the rail around the turn, and as the field straightened for home he angled her out to the center of the course.

Rich Mommy quickly grabbed the lead from Bodacious Babe and pulled away from the field, kept to task through the wire to win by about two lengths. Bodacious Babe had to settle for second, while More Than A Party nipped Dearest for third.

“The filly had been doing good for the race and the distance was perfect for her,” Barboza said. “The jockey followed instructions exactly and thank God it all worked out. We have taken it step by step with this filly and at this moment she is doing very well. I’m very, very happy for the barn, for the owners, for the filly, for everyone.”

Bred in Kentucky by Lantern Hill Farm, Rich Mommy has only been off the board once in her 10 lifetime starts. The filly boasts earnings of over $160,000 for her five-win career, and has won her last three in a row. Her dam, Woodford Girl (Honour and Glory), earned $100,000 in her career for trainer Ian Wilkes.

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