Just Too Too Flawless for Mullins, Englander
Updated: Sunday, July 6, 2003 8:57 PM
Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2003 8:57 PM
Richard Englander's undefeated Just Too Too will be looking for graded stakes company after her easy front-running victory in the $112,300 Flawlessly for 3-year-old fillies on the Hollywood Park turf Sunday, her fifth straight victory.
Ridden by Gary Stevens, the Jeff Mullins-trained daughter of In Exess led all the way to win by three-quarters of a length over late closer Katdogawn in a time of 1:34 1/5 for one mile on a firm course. She took more than a second off the six-year-old stakes record. Valentine's Dancer was third.
The favorite in the 10-horse field completed the opening half-mile in :46 3/5 and six furlongs in 1:10 2/5 while running on a lonely lead. When Fudge Fatale, Fencelineneighbor and Sharpbill edged closer to her on the turn, Just Too Too kicked on again and opened up a four-length lead in the stretch. Katdogawn, with Mike Smith aboard, cut into the lead nearing the wire, but was not a threat.
"I was surprised by the fractions," said Stevens. "She felt like she was going 48 (seconds). She's got unbelievable acceleration. She's still a little green. But she kind of rates herself because she's looking around so much she kind of slows herself down. I don't know what will happen when she figures out what she's doing."
With the $67,380 winner's share, Just Too Too pushed her career earnings to $201,240.
Ridder Thoroughbred Stable bred Just Too Too in California.
The winner paid $6, $4 and $2.80. Katdogawn returned $8.80 and $4.60. Valentine Dancer showed for $3.20.
In the race preceding the Flawlessly, Tizdubai, a 2-year-old full sister to two-time Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) champion Tiznow, won her debut with a forceful move in the stretch for jockey David Flores, overtaking Blowing Bartok by 1 1/2 lengths in the 5 1/2-furlong maiden test. The time was 1:05 1/5.
Darley Stud Management owns Tizdubai, by Cee's Tizzy from the dam Cee's Song (Seattle Song). Eoin Harty trains the $950,000 Keeneland November 2001 purchase.
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