Favored My Typhoon overcame a sluggish start to open up a two-length lead in the stretch but was all out to hold off the furious charge of Isla Cozzene by a nose to win the $166,950 Mrs. Revere (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old fillies on the Churchill Downs turf Saturday.
The Irish-bred filly, who is by Giant's Causeway
out of the Miswaki mare Urban Sea, winner of the 1994 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), was overdue for her first graded stakes win for her owner, Mrs. Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Plantation, who paid $2.9 million for her as a weanling.
With Robby Albarado aboard the Bill Mott-trained My Typhoon, she appeared to be on her way to an easy victory in the seven-horse field. But on the extreme outside, Isla Cozzene, ridden by Rafael Bejarano was flying and just missed at the wire.
"I felt confident that I beat them when I crossed the wire," said Albarado. "Another jump past the wire, and I was probably a whole neck or half-length ahead."
It was 1 1/2 lengths back to Silver Cup and Gary Stevens in third. The final time for the 1 1/16-mile distance on firm going was 1:43 1/5.
Winning Season, a 27-1 shot, drifted in at the start and bumped Thatswhatiamean before going to the lead and carving out fractions of :24 2/5, :49 2/5 and 1:13 3/5. My Typhoon, breaking from the far outside, was away awkwardly and was last early but settled into a tracking spot while four or five paths wide. She increased the pressure on the turn before taking the lead in upper stretch.
My Typhoon was in control after completing the mile in 1:37 1/5 but came under a hard ride to the wire. Isla Cozzene, sixth at the head of the final turn, was well out on the course and gaining with every stride as they hit the wire together. Silver Cup was well placed in third on the turn but lacked the necessary response in the stretch.
They were followed by by Winning Season, Flying Circle, Thatswhatimean, and Be Envied. Elle Runaway and expected pacesetter Manila Fudge scratched.
The victory was Mott's first in the Mrs. Revere, the star filly he trained to a record three stakes wins in the spring of 1984.
"It got a little shaky there for awhile," said Kenny McCarthy, the assistant trainer who handles Mott's stable at Churchill Downs.
The stakes score was the 69th at Churchill Downs for Mott, who is the track's all-time leader in stakes victories. D. Wayne Lukas ranks second with 67 Churchill wins of his own.
My Typhoon, who won a pair of minor stakes this year, had been knocking on the door for some time. She was coming off a narrow second-place finish in the Calder Oaks Oct. 15 and was third in the Garden City Breeders' Cup (gr. IT) at Belmont Park before that. She missed by a neck winning Saratoga's Lake Placid (gr. IIT) in August and was also third in the Sands Point (gr. IIIT) at Belmont in June. The victory improved her record to 4-2-2 in nine career starts. The winner's share Saturday, $103,509, increased her earnings to $411,339.
Sent off at 17-10 odds, My Typhoon paid $5.40, $3 and $2.20.
Isla Cozzene, a 3 3/4-length winner of the Hawthorne Oaks Oct. 15, returned $3.40 and $2.40.
Silver Cup, an Irish-bred who began her career in Italy, is still looking for her first win stateside and paid $2.40 to show.