Owned and bred by Cloverleaf Farm II, Bshapsonata scored her second straight graded stakes, as she entered off a nose victory in the Feb. 9 Forward Gal (gr. II) at Gulfstream. The Florida-bred won for the sixth time in nine starts for trainer Tim Salzman, and bumped her career earnings to $373,410.
Going off as the 5-2 second choice, the Pulpit filly completed the one-mile event on dirt in 1:37.97 under Eric Camacho. Game Face, off as the 7-10 favorite, rallied late to get second, just in front of longshot Robbie’s Gal, who led into the stretch. Informed Decision was fourth in the six-horse field.
Ridden by Jorge Chavez, Robbie’s Gal set ambitious opening fractions, posting a quarter in :22.81 and a half-mile in :45.29. American County was in stalking mode through the backstretch, with the others not far behind in a closely-grouped field.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Game Face, who was coming off a seven-length win in the Jan. 12 Old Hat (gr. II), advanced steadily on the turn, and was in perfect position at the top of the stretch, just a half-length behind Robbie’s Gal.
But Bsharpsonata, who settled nicely through the backstretch, was also full of run from third position. She split Robbie’s Gal and Game Face as they straightened away and took over inside the eighth-pole. Camacho, riding beautifully the whole way, urged her to the wire.
“I was really worried all the way down the backside," Salzman said. "She was shut off down inside behind horses, but the jock was so patient and rode just a tremendous race on her to wait until he got clear. He rides her with total confidence. Distance is no problem for her. Her mama won at a mile-and-a-half.
"We’ll see how she comes out of it, but if she’s OK, we’ll take her on to Keeneland for the Ashland (gr. I, April 5).”
Camacho said: “I’ve been inside, outside and have had to split horses with this filly; she can do anything. Last time she won I said she could run on anything: mud, turf, pavement; you can add rocks to that now. Everyone said that her Beyers were low at Delaware Park and no one respected her today. She proved them wrong. I think she may go to the Ashland from here, but they’ll take her back to the barn and see how she comes back after this race. I’ll be on her wherever she goes next.”
Out of the Affirmed mare Apasionata Sonata, Bsharpsonata is undefeated in three starts as a sophomore. The versatile bay filly has also won twice on turf, including a 1 ½-length victory Jan. 1 in the Tropical Park Oaks at Calder Race Course.
The winner paid $7.60, $3, and $2.40. The exacta (1-4) was worth $18.80, while the trifecta (1-4-6) netted $97.20.