Turnerloose passes Goddess of Fireplace in deep extend to acquire the Rachel Alexandra Stakes by a half length
Ike and Dawn Thrash’s Turnerloose moved to the top of the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard on Saturday with a 17-1 upset of the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra Stakes at Honest Grounds in New Orleans, La. Ridden by Florent Geroux for trainer Brad Cox, the 3-12 months-old filly by Nyquist attained 50 qualifying points for the G1 Kentucky Oaks, assuring her a spot in the Lillies for the Fillies race on May perhaps 6 at Churchill Downs.
Turnerloose shut from just off the speed to win by a 50 percent duration, with Goddess of Fireplace next, Awake At Midnyte 3rd and 2-1 favored Hidden Link fourth in the area of 11. The next, 3rd and fourth finishers acquired 20-10-5 qualifying Kentucky Oaks factors.
Subsequent the leading four throughout the wire were Miss out on Mattie B, Aspiration Lith, North County, Sweet Raid, Divine Huntress, California Angel and La Crete.
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Time for the 1 1/16 miles on a speedy monitor was 1:44.22 soon after fractions of :23.94, :48.18, 1:13.07 and 1:27.86. Turnerloose compensated $37 on a $2 acquire bet.
Stonestreet Stables LLC’s earlier unbeaten La Crete led early but was expertly pulled up halfway down the backstretch by jockey Joel Rosario and was vanned off in the equine ambulance.
A Tweet from Stonestreet current her issue.
La Crete is comfy and bodyweight bearing. She has a condylar fracture that is a fantastic candidate for repair service. She will be monitored by means of the evening and we will update tomorrow. #GirlsinGold
— Stonestreet (@StonestreetFarm) February 20, 2022
Turnerloose, bred in Kentucky by William Humphries and Altair Farms LLC, was made from Goaltending, a daughter of A.P. Indy. She was purchased by the Thrashes for $50,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale from the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment.
The Rachel Alexandra was the to start with filth race for Turnerloose, who gained her 1st two commences at two at Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs, then was third, beaten a neck by California Angel, in the G2 Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland. She shut out her juvenile campaign with a previous-location complete in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf gained by Pizza Bianca.
“To be sincere I didn’t know if she could take care of the grime,” explained following Turnerloose’s victory. “She labored properly adequate past drop. I gave her a very little bit of a crack. She labored nicely ample in this article at Fair Grounds. She attempts difficult. Often attempts difficult. We saw a improved variation of her currently than we did in California (at the Breeders’ Cup).”
Cox stated the “two reasonable spots” for the filly’s following start are both the G2 Truthful Grounds Oaks on March 26 or the G1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland on April 8.
“I expected her to be forwardly placed,” Geroux claimed of his trip aboard Turnerloose. “She broke truly excellent. I was in a very good location but there had been two horses in front of me heading into the initially transform, so I sat chilly, retained her in a awesome rhythm. I was not going to drive the speed if I didn’t have to. When La Crete moved out of the way, I came inside of. When I bought my window, I in good shape her in and coming down the lane. I tipped her outside and I continually retained on. She was getting courageous and went on to capture a good filly.”
Hidden Connection was monitoring La Crete in second when Rosario pulled his filly up and to the outdoors, then led the way to the top of the stretch, when Goddess of Hearth moved to the top, putting her head in entrance at the eighth pole. Turnerloose uncorked her rally, using command in the closing sixteenth of a mile.
Bret Calhoun, coach of Hidden Relationship, the crushed favorite stated: “You’re generally upset when you do not acquire. I consider it was a great race for her to shift ahead. Reylu (Gutierrez) had to use her some out of the gate becoming caught in the 11-write-up. He labored out a excellent trip likely into initial turn and it went easy from there. She fought tricky but just got a tiny empty on us. She’s been off a fantastic whilst and her will work coming back again have been subpar till that previous get the job done which was superior, so I believe we gave up a minimal conditioning there. If we could have obtained that previous work two months in the past I imagine we would’ve been where we essential to be. We had been just a tiny limited now.”