WinStar Farm's Awesome Humor displayed her serious side Monday when she led from start to finish in the Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-old fillies at Saratoga Racecourse.
The juvenile daughter of Distorted Humor, ridden by Pat Day for trainer Elliott Walden, jumped out to the early lead and set the pace through fractions of :22, :45 4/5, and 1:11 2/5 for the first three-quarters of a mile. Holiday Runner had a stalking position throughout until the rest of the field moved in the stretch. Stellar and jockey Edgar Prado made the only serious challenge to Awesome Humor, but could not get closer than the final one-length margin.
Awesome Humor, who completed the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17 3/5, paid $4.40, $2.70, and $2.20 as the 6-5 favorite. Stellar returned $3.40 and $2.40 and Holiday Runner held on for third, paying $2.40.
The Adirondack was the third victory from as many starts for Awesome Humor, who won the Debutante Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs after breaking her maiden at Keeneland. Bred in Kentucky by Dr. Naveed Chowhan, the filly began her career racing for Tom Durant. The Adirondack was the filly's first start since being purchased privately by WinStar.
The filly will likely be pointed to either Saratoga's $200,000 Spinaway at seven furlongs August 30 or the $200,000 Matron at a mile on September 15 at Belmont Park.
Ultimately, she will point for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Arlington Park on Saturday, October 26.
"(The Spinaway and the Matron) are both grade 1 races and she's a grade 1 filly," Walden said. "We've got `championship' on our mind."
Walden praised he efforts of previous trainer Ronny Werner in the development of Awesome Humor.
"She ran a big race in the Debutante (July 6th, Churchill Downs), and we bought her after that," Walden said. "I can't say enough about Ronny Werner; he made this transition very smooth. He gets all the credit for this. I trained her sire, and he was pretty hot and tough to train. But Awesome Humor is just a joy to train."
"Coming into the stretch, she was way out of the bridle -- just had her ears up and looking and waiting on the opposition," said Day. "I felt as if they were coming to us coming off the turn, so I put her to the task and she was responding, but I felt like there was another gear. If someone had gotten down to her and offered a serious challenge, she had a little more in the tank for us."