Even-money favorite Seattle Smooth took over coming off the turn and rolled to a dominating 5 3/4-length victory in a scratch-filled running of the $142,500 Bed o’ Roses Handicap (gr. II) (VIDEO) April 18 at Aqueduct.
A field of only four fillies and mares went to post in the seven-furlong Bed o’ Roses after Lovely Isle, Spritely, and Cowgirls Don't Cry were all scratched from the race. That left Mercedes Stables’ Seattle Smooth as the one to beat, even though she was starting for the first time since September when she won the Fitz Dixon Cotillion Stakes (gr. II) at Philadelphia Park.
Ridden by Ramon Dominguez for trainer Tony Dutrow, Seattle Smooth stalked pacesetters Distorted Passion and Are We Dreamin through splits of :23.43 and :46.65. The 4-year-old Quiet American filly made her winning three-wide move as they rounded turn and hit the eighth-pole with a 2 1/2-length advantage. She pulled away with ease and was covered up by Dominguez before hitting the wire in 1:23.48 on a track labeled fast.
Are We Dreamin outran Distorted Passion by a neck for second. Awesome I Am was fourth. Seattle Smooth paid $4.30 and $3.40.
“I can’t take credit for anything there, I was just a passenger,” Dominguez said. “It was very nice – she did it great. (In the stretch) I just put a little pressure on her mouth and she did it on her own.”
Bred in Kentucky by Darley and Dr. Oscar Benavides, Seattle Smooth is out of the Seattle Song mare Our Seattle Star. She has now won three consecutive stakes races and has produced a record of 5-1-1 from 11 starts.
“Once again, at the top of the stretch, I said to myself, ‘This is a very good filly,’ because I know she was not at her best today,” Dutrow said. “(The question is) will she like Belmont Park? If she does, we’re in business. The plan is the Shuvee (gr. II, Belmont Park, May 16), the Ogden Phipps (gr. I, June 13) and Saratoga (Go for Wand Handicap, gr. I Aug. 2). I don’t want to offend anybody by saying this, but I really like this filly.”