My Boston Gal, impressive in Beaumont victory.

My Boston Gal, impressive in Beaumont victory.

Anne M. Eberhardt

My Boston Gal Impresses in Stonerside Beaumont

My Boston Gal made a triumphant return to Keeneland Race Course Thursday with her second career graded stakes win in the about seven-furlong Stonerside Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies.

My Boston Gal, who won her career bow during Keeneland's fall meet last October, ranged up to even terms with pacesetter Bird Town entering the stretch and then outlasted that foe to the wire to win by one-length. Midnight Cry finished a well-beaten third. With jockey Pat Day aboard, My Boston Gal stopped the clock in 1:26 4/5 on a muddy track.

The win for My Boston Gal is her first since the Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs in November. Since that start the daughter of Boston Harbor finished fifth in the Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) and was second to Ivanavinalot in the Bonnie Miss Stakes (gr. II), both at Gulfstream Park.

Trained by Carl Nafzger, My Boston Gal has now won four of six career starts and owns career earnings of $394,037. She returned $7.40, $4.60 and $3.20.

Nafzger said My Boston Gal would be pointed to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) on May 2 at Churchill Downs.

Day settled My Boston Gal settled into fifth place early as Bird Town and Wild Light battled through an opening quarter mile in :21.91. The 5-to-2 favorite moved into third after a half mile in :44.46, split horses midway on the turn and drew off in the final furlong to win convincingly over Bird Town.

"Pat rode her perfectly," said Nafzger, who conditions the filly for Chester and Jack Porter, Randy Bloch and Phil Milner. "You're always nervous when you work with this kind of filly. Two things really pleased me today. She let the speed go and she split horses. It also pleased me when Pat said she didn't handle the track today. This was a good test for her both mentally and physically."

(Chart, Equibase)