July 2014 Issue - page 11

July 2014
Page 11
There’s an age old saying in
racing that you can’t beat what
you can’t catch. Well, there would
be no catching Bridgehampton
May 24 at Parx as she out-broke
her five rivals, took charge in
the opening furlong and sprinted
home a decisive five and a quarter
length winner in the $75,000 My
Juliet Stakes. It was the first stakes
victory in the six race career of the
lightly raced four-year-old Bernar-
dini filly and raised her lifetime
earnings to just over $157,000.
As the gate opened, Bridge-
hampton got a great start under
jockey Frankie Pennington and was
immediately in front. She charged
through the opening quarter mile
in the six furlong test in 22.56 and
led by a length and a half with a
half mile to run. She had taken
some early outside pressure from
long shot Ms. Cruisin’ but turned
her away and headed to the far turn
with a clear lead. The 8-5 race fa-
vorite, Miss D’Oro, had established
excellent position in behind the two
front runners and then quickly took
over second when Ms. Cruisin’
began to drop back. Able to ease
to the outside with three furlongs to
run, Miss D’Oro now had a clean
shot at Bridgehampton as the two
leaders rounded the far turn and
approached the top of the stretch.
Miss D’Oro came up within
a length of Bridgehampton as
they passed the quarter pole, the
half run in 44.68, but that was as
close as she got. Bridgehamp-
ton still had another gear. She
continued to pull away in the
final eighth of a mile and was
well clear when they hit the wire,
winning by just over five lengths.
Owned by Barry Schwartz
and trained by Michael Hushion,
Bridgehampton went off as a
slight second choice in the wa-
gering and paid $5.40, $3.80, and
$3.00. Ms. Cruisin’ (20-1) put in
a very game effort to run second.
She forced the pace early on, actu-
ally fell back to fourth coming to
the quarter pole, but fought back
to pass two rivals in the stretch to
get place money and pay $12.60
and $5.20. Miss D’Oro had a
good trip but simply had nothing
left in the final furlong, weakening
late to finish third. She paid $2.60
to show. The final time over a
track labeled fast was 1:10.00.
Wins My Juliet by
Five Lengths
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