Antipathy wins the Shuvee Handicap.
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Antipathy Convincing Winner in Muddy Shuvee

Half sister to Scat Daddy earns first stakes victory July 27 at Saratoga.

Godolphin's well-bred Antipathy moved to take charge on the turn and scooted clear to victory in the $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. III) (VIDEO) July 27 at muddy Saratoga Race Course.

Antipathy, a half sister to grade I winner and Central Kentucky sire Scat Daddy, was away quickly from the gate and led to the first turn before relegated to second by an eager Swinger's Party, who set the pace from there. Antipathy easily dispatched that rival around the turn when called on by Irad Ortiz Jr. and was never headed en route to a two-length triumph despite drifting out in the final furlong.

Late-running Stanwyck closed past Hot Stones to take second, with Hot Stones holding for third over Ambusher, 1 1/4 lengths farther back.

Antipathy notched her first stakes victory in the Shuvee, run on a sealed track. The 4-year-old filly came in off a close third-place finish at 30-1 odds behind Close Hatches and Princess of Sylmar in the 1 1/16-mile Ogden Phipps Stakes (gr. I) June 7 at Belmont Park in her stakes debut. The Phipps followed two runner-up finishes in allowance/optional claiming company in April and May at the Elmont, N.Y. track.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said he had no problem stretching out Antipathy to 1 1/8 miles for the first time in the Shuvee.

"We weren't worried about (the nine furlongs) because she's by A.P. Indy," he said. "She's just gotten good, she's improved a lot, and if you look back at the allowance races she lost, two nice fillies (Natalie Victoria and Belle Gallantey) beat us. She's improving and we're very happy to get a grade III win.

"She's a well-bred filly for Godolphin, and now she has a grade III win to go along with a grade I-placing. I thought she ran very well."

Antipathy, a narrow 2-1 second choice, covered the Shuvee distance in 1:52.80. The win was her second of the year following her season debut in against allowance foes going a mile at Gulfstream Park in January. She has placed in all five 2014 starts and took her overall record to 3-3-2 from nine career starts. The $120,000 winner's share of the Shuvee purse increased her lifetime bankroll to $316,784.

"On paper it looked like we were the only speed in the race, but (Swinger's Party) wanted to go, so I let her go," Ortiz said. "My filly was ready today.

"I was comfortable. I had a perfect trip. The trainer told me I had the horse. I let her run a little bit and I held my position the whole time."

Stanwyck was settled into sixth by Joel Rosario and went five-wide on the turn to reach contention in early stretch. She closed through the stretch but was never a threat to the winner.

"I thought she ran very well, a creditable race on an off track," trainer John Shirreffs said. "We would have preferred a dry track, for sure."

Flashy American, the 2-1 favorite, was bumped at the start by Swinger's Party and was never in contention after briefly leading outside the seven-eighths pole. She finished fifth and was later found to have severely grabbed a quarter.

Antipathy returned $6.40, $4.10, and $2.90 while Stanwyck paid $4.60 and $3.20. Hot Stone was worth $3.20 to show.

Unlimited Budget and Swinger's Party finished sixth and seventh, respectively, to complete the order of finish.

Four-year-old Antipathy was the second graded stakes winner on the day from the penultimate crop of pensioned two-time leading sire A.P. Indy, joining Molly Pitcher (gr. II) victress Majestic River. Bred in Kentucky by Godolphin founder Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, she is out of the unraced Mr. Prospector mare Love Style.