Friel's For Real winning the Pimlico Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Friel's For Real winning the Pimlico Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Michael Corrado

Friel's For Real Was Real Deal in Pimlico Distaff

Philadelphia Park-based Friel's For Real was the real deal in winning the $100,000 Pimlico Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Pimlico Race Course Friday by 2 ¼ lengths over Saintly Action.

Nonsuch Bay was two lengths back for third.

Edward T. Allard conditions the Florida homebred for Gilbert Campbell, Friel's For Real completed the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:45.03.

At 11-1, Friel's for Real returned $24.80, $9.20, and $4.80. Saintly Action paid $5.60 and $4, with Nonsuch Bay returning $2.80. The exacta paid $104.80 with the trifecta paying $350.40.

The Dale Romans-trained Angela's Love led the field through early fractions of :24.65, :48.63, and 1:12.98 before giving way in the stretch when Friel's for Real, Saintly Action and Nonsuch Bay came pressing.

Friel's For Real, under jockey Abel Castellano Jr., made a sweeping move as the field rounded for home, drawing away for an easy win.

The 4-year-old daughter of Sword Dancer entered the race off a five-length win in an April 30 $54,000 allowance optional claiming contest at Aqueduct.

"This is for sure an improving filly," Allard said. "Sword Dance progeny just seem to get better with age. I was a little leery of today's race because I was moving back in distance. The rider said the distance was no problem at all."

(Chart, Equibase)