When the leader came off the rail directly in front of Shipp & Polk's Coquettish, the Not For Love filly shot through the inviting opening and powered her way to an impressive three-length score in Tuesday's $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship at Laurel Park.
Ridden to victory by Ramon Dominguez for trainer Graham Motion, Coquettish completed the 1 1/8 mile in 1:51.77 while beating seven other Maryland-bred fillies, laying claim to year-end honors. Grace Bay rallied to gain the place. Angel Punch was third. The winner paid $3.60 as the 4-5 favorite.
"I was concerned about the lack of speed in the race," Dominguez, who won his fourth race of the day. "I was trying to make sure she got to relax. She got outrun but I had just a ton of horse the whole way around. When the opportunity came and the rail opened up, she didn't hesitate. She just went through."
"It's a huge step for her to go from seven eighths to a mile and an eighth in one leap with a lightly-raced filly but she really proved how classy she is," Motion said.
The win capped a perfect four-for-four day for Dominguez, who also scored in the 2nd (Prospecting Dixie, $5.00), 5th (Prospector's Trick, $17.80) and 6th (Deputy Is Home, $2.60).