"She's been training very well lately," said Ginny DePasquale, assistant to winning trainer Todd Pletcher, adding they have not decided on the filly's next race. "She hasn't missed a beat, so we expected big things from her today. She stepped up to the plate today. We're very happy."
In the about-seven-furlong test for 3-year-old fillies, Promises Broken went for the early lead, with My Miss Chiff, Sine Wave, and Sweet Loretta following closely behind. After traveling the first quarter in :23.47 and :46.61 for the half-mile, jockey Javier Castellano finally was able to get Sweet Loretta some running room by going inside along the rail.
Into the stretch, with six furlongs going in 1:11.27, Sweet Loretta opened up under a hand ride and drew away to win by three in a final time of 1:27.77 over a track rated fast. The longest prices in the field, at 16-1, finished second in third. Sine Wave came in second, 3 1/2 lengths ahead of Laney.
"I had a really good trip," Castellano said. "I was inside all the way and saved all the ground the best I could. Turning for home, the rail was open and I took my shot. She finished really well. I give all the credit to Pletcher for the way he trained the filly, coming off a layoff after the Breeders' Cup."
Sent off as the favorite, Sweet Loretta returned $4.40, $3.60, and $3 across the board.
It was the first start for the Tapit filly since running off the board in the Nov. 5 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) after being bumped at the start and stumbling. Before that, she had a flawless record, with three wins that included dominating efforts in the Schuylerville Stakes (G3) and the Spinaway Stakes (G1). She now boasts four wins from five starts, with earnings of $340,520.
Bred by Ashview Farm and Colts Neck Stables in Kentucky, Sweet Loretta is out of the stakes placed Bluegrass Cat mare Ithinkisawapudycat. She was purchased for $750,000 at the 2014 Keeneland November sale as a weanling. She is the first foal for her dam, who was a $2.2 million purchase by Mount Brilliant Farm at the 2016 Keeneland November sale.