Pleasant Home Comfy Winner of Bed o' Roses
Updated: Saturday, April 23, 2005 6:52 PM
Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2005 6:38 PM
Photo: AP/NYRA Adam Coglianese
Pleasant Home, with Cornelio Velasquez aboard, runs to victory in the Bed o' Roses Breeders' Cup Handicap.
Phipps Stable's Pleasant Home put away the leaders at the eighth pole and drew away to a 5 1/4-length win in her stakes debut, the $153,200 Bed o' Roses Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares Saturday at foggy Aqueduct.
Ridden by Cornelio Velasquez for trainer Shug McGaughey, the 4-year-old Seeking the Gold
filly came from well off the pace to complete the one-turn mile in 1:36 3/5 on a track rated good after earlier rain.
Sent off at odds of 8-1, Pleasant Home burst past another 8-1 shot, Traci Girl, ridden by Mike Luzzi, for the victory. Even-money choice Cativa, carrying top weight of 117 pounds, finished third, six lengths behind the winner, after giving up the lead to the runner-up with more than a quarter mile to go.
Traci Girl led early, covering the opening quarter mile in :22 4/5 and continued to apply the pressure as Cativa and jockey Edgar Prado completed in the half in :45. Traci Girl was back in front after six furlongs in 1:09 4/5 but she was no match for Pleasant Home in the final furlong.
Actcellent, 17-10 second choice Bank Audit, Childress and Spectacular Moon rounded out the order.
Pleasant Home won for the fourth time in seven starts and earned $95,200, more than doubling her total to $181,350.
The dark bay homebred paid $19.60, $10.20 and $3.80. Traci Girl returned $9.10 and $3.10 and completed a $138.50 exacta. Cativa, who had a four-race winning streak stopped in her last start by Bank Audit in Aqueduct's March 26 Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT), was $2.20 to show.
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