Society Blitzes Cotillion In Front-Running Romp, Secret Oath Third

Peter Blum Thoroughbreds homebred Society stormed to an all-the way victory in the $1-million Cotillion Stakes (G1) for 3-year-old fillies Saturday, leaving favorite Secret Oath toiling in her wake as Morning Matcha roared past in the stretch for second.

Ridden by Florent Geroux, Society won by 5 3/4 lengths and covered 1 1/16 miles in 1.42.94 on fast track while earning her first win at the highest level. She also earned an automatic, fees-paid berth to $2 million Breeders’ Cup Longines Distaff (G1) Nov. 5 at Keeneland as the Cotillion is part of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” series.

Morning Matcha finished two lengths in front of Secret Oath, the 2-1 favorite in the field of nine.

Shipping in from Saratoga for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, the 7-1 Society played the role of spoiler as Secret Oath came in looking for her second Grade 1 win of the season along with the Kentucky Oaks (G1). A win by the 2-1 second choice would have also put the D. Wayne Lukas trainee back into the conversation for champion 3-year-old filly. Nest currently sits atop the list with three Grade 1 wins on the season.

Briland Farm’s Secret Oath, who usually stalks the pace on the front-end, instead dropped back early under Luis Saez and held sixth as Society ran the opening quarter in :23.33. Goddess of Fire and Green Up raced in second and third, respectively, behind Society’s half-mile in :46.75. Saez began to hustle Secret Oath amid a three-wide run and closed into third while Society ran six furlongs in an effortless 1:10.93.

Society got a subtle urge at the top the stretch by Geroux, and after running a mile in 1:36.29 and a few left-handed taps of the whip, she widened her advantage to the finish. Secret Oath weakened from there and wound up 2 lengths behind hard-charging longshot Morning Matcha for the place spot. Green Up finished 6 1/4 lengths behind Secret Oath in fourth as the 9-5 favorite.

Despite the loss, Lukas remains set on sending his filly on to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff in November at Keeneland Race Course.

“Do you ride for second or do you try to ride the one that is out there down?” Lukas said. “(Secret Oath) made that big move on the middle of the turn and she is running faster than any of them. He had to make that move. The pacesetter was just too far in front.

“I was concerned when (Society) was on the far side over there approaching the three-eighths pole. We were really going to have to pick it up in order to catch the one that was cruising up front. Secret Oath ran her race today. I didn’t see anything that I didn’t like except we were trying to chase down a tremendous bias. We weren’t the only ones chasing, what, 5, 6, 7, 8 lengths? We were all chasing the bias.”

LC Racing, Cash Is King, and Gary Barber’s Morning Matcha, starting in her first Grade 1 stakes for Parx-based trainer Butch Reid, closed from last amid a ground-saving trip under Paco Lopez to gain the runner-up spot at 48-1.

“That was the plan, I knew she’d come running,” Reid said. “That one horse [Society] got loose, you know, but she came flying. She ran on the inside, and just a great job by Paco. She ran great.”

Society, making her fifth start of the year, now owns two consecutive wins after her 6 3/4-length victory in the Grade 3 Charles Town Oaks Aug. 26. That was her second graded stakes start after finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga.

Shahama, Adare Manor, Goddess of Fire, Gerrymander, and Beach Daze completed the order of finish.

Kentucky-bred Society, who returned $17.60, was produced by the Tapit mare Etiquette.

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