Aclassysassylassy Shines in Joe O'Farrell

(from Calder report)
Aclassysassylassy won her fourth consecutive stakes race, taking the $150,000 Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies Saturday at Calder Race Course, the first race in the 2004 Florida Million series.

Turning back to seven furlongs after easily winning the 1 1/16 miles My Dear Girl Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes on Oct. 23, Aclassysassylassy demonstrated that she's the queen of the 2-year-old fillies at Calder at any distance.

Breaking from post-position number one, she raced behind rivals Lady in Pink and Cut the Mustard, boxed in on the rail. Jockey Manny Aguilar reserved her for the first six furlongs, then angled her out three wide at the quarter pole and she drew off to win impressively by 4 ½ lengths over Running Bobcats. It was another 7 ¼ lengths back to Frosty Royalty in third. She covered the seven-eighths in 1:25 2/5.

"It was too easy. I was just waiting for the space," said Aguilar. "When I got her out, she was gone."

Trained by Dave Vivian and owned by his wife, Barbara, in partnership with Dominic Vittese, Aclassysassylassy earned $90,000 for today's victory, pushing her career earnings to $488,800. The Florida-bred daughter of Wild Event swept the Florida Stallion Stakes series at Calder this summer, becoming only the second filly to accomplish the feat.

"She was shut off half the race, but it didn't matter," the trainer said. "She's been just remarkable. I keep thinking I'm going to wake up and it was just a dream."

She now has five victories and one second-place finish from six starts, all at Calder.

Sent off as the 4-to-5 favorite, Aclassysassylassy paid $3.80, 2.40 and 2.10. Running Bobcats returned $2.60, 2.10; Frosty Royalty paid $2.10 to show.

(Chart, Equibase)