Heavily-favored My Boston Gal remained undefeated Saturday, displaying an explosive stretch run to post a 3 1/4-length win over Holiday Lady in Churchill Downs' $219,600-added Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 mile.
Owned by J. Chester Porter's Stoneledge Racing Stables, Phil Milner and Randy Bloch, the daughter of Boston Harbor posted a winning time of 1:45.00 in winning for the third time in as many tries for trainer Carl Nafzger. It was the second win a row in the Golden Rod for Nafzger, who took last year's running with Belterra.
With Calvin Borel aboard, My Boston Gal remained in striking position in fourth place behind pacesetting Jody's Deelite and My Trusty Cat through fractions of :24.01, :47.68 and 1:12.45. When Borel asked her in mid-stretch, she responded from about three lengths off the pace, easily rallying past My Trusty Cat and Star of Atticus. Holiday Lady also closed well to be second, but did not threaten the winner. My Trusty Cat held on for third.
It was the first start against stakes opposition for My Boston Gal, who earned $136,152 for the victory. My Boston Gal was bred in Kentucky by Overbrook Farm. She was a $95,000 Keeneland September 2001 yearling purchase.
"When she turned for home she got sort of lost," said Ian Wilkes, assistant trainer to Nafzger. "She'll learn a lot from this race. She's still learning and getting things right."
The win was the 14th of the meet for Nafzger, who finished second behind Ken McPeek in the Fall Meet leading trainer's race.
"With the success that we've had this meet it's quite alright to finish second for the training title. We wish we could have this success all of the time," said Wilkes.
"She won today, but I think she's a little bit better filly than that," Borel said. "She didn't really handle the track that good. The track's kind of drying out and is kind of powdery. But I think she's a tremendous filly and she'll do anything you want her to do and that's what will make her win races."
Sent off as a 1-2 favorite in the field of seven, My Boston Gal paid $3, $2.80, and $2.10. Holiday Lady returned $7.60 and $2.60. My Trusty Cat paid $2.60.