Irish Filly Fearless Flyer Soars in Natalma

(from Woodbine report)
Irish-bred Fearless Flyer and jockey Emily Ramsammy pulled off a mild upset, gliding to victory in the $177,300 Natalma Stakes (Can-III) for 2-year-old fillies Sunday at Woodbine.

Second last early in the field of 11, Fearless Flyer, the fourth choice at 6-1, spread her wings coming off the far turn, sweeping past the leaders in late stretch for the win. The time was a swift 1:34.99 for one mile.

The daughter of Brave Act finished 1 1/2 lengths better than the pacesetting 30-1 longshot Sweet Solairo (:23.04 for the quarter, :46.20 for the half). The 3-2 favorite Little Hussy was three-quarters of a length further back in third.

New York shippers Paddy's Daisy, trained by Todd Pletcher, and Accretion, the 3-1 second choice conditioned by Rick Violette Jr., were fourth and sixth, respectively.

Trained by Tommy Stack for owner John Paul Reddam, founder of mortgage company, Fearless Flyer only arrived at Woodbine a week ago. Plans call for her to head to California next. She clearly earned her airfare after her performance Sunday, picking up $106,380 for the victory.

Fearless Flyer had run four times previously in Ireland at four different racetracks, breaking her maiden by 13 lengths on July 1 at Bellewstown. She finished seventh in a stakes event at Leopardstown on July 24.

"I had a perfect trip," said Ramsammy. "I was in a bit of a fight with her early on and got myself a little far back early, which I didn't mind. Being a European filly, she really enjoyed the long stretch here. She had some pace to run at. I think she really enjoyed herself, a typical European horse, a big, galloping horse. I think she enjoyed it better than some of the other shippers."

Added assistant trainer James 'Fozzie' Stack, "Mr. Reddam bought her after she won her maiden. Then she ran in a stakes race against colts. There's a lot of competitive fillies in Ireland this year so Mr. Reddam thought there might be more opportunities in Canada for her. I'm glad it all worked out. She now goes to (California trainer) Ben Cecil this week and we go home tomorrow night."

Fearless Flyer paid $15.70, $11.40 and $5.80, combining with Sweet Solairo ($28.40, $11.40) for a $415.30 exacta. Little Hussy ($2.90) completed a trifecta returning $1,972.40.

(Chart, Equibase)