High Resolve opened up an early lead and never looked back, going wire-to-wire for a 2 1/4-length victory in the $300,000 Hill ‘n’ Dale Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint (VIDEO) Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park.
The 4-year-old filly gave the Estate of Harry Aleo and trainer Greg Gilchrist their second straight win on the Sunshine Millions card. One race prior to the Filly and Mare Sprint, the tandem won the $500,000 Filly and Mare Turf with Wild Promises.
Ridden by Robby Albarado, High Resolve broke alertly from post 1 and shot right to the front. The daughter of Put It Back posted an aggressive opening quarter-mile in :22.08 while being pressed by Lovely Isle.
High Resolve was still going well when reaching a half-mile in :45.22 and then cut the corner sharply while turning for home. Lovely Isle was still the closest rival, although grade I winner Mistical Plan had moved into striking position at the top of the stretch. Despite her speedy fractions, High Resolve found more in the final furlong and was only mildly challenged by a late charge from Dubai Majesty.
The final time for six furlongs on the ‘fast’ main track was 1:10.55.
Dubai Majesty, under Kent Desormeaux, settled for runner-up. She was three lengths better than Lovely Isle and Edgar Prado.
“She broke really well and put herself in good position from the start," Albarado said. "I was a bit worried bunched in (on rail down the backstretch), but she came away from there like only she knows how. She was pretty convincing out there again today.”
High Resolve, bred in Florida by Steve Tucker and Bryan Tucker, entered the race off consecutive runner-up efforts in minor stakes events on the Santa Anita Pro-Ride. Prior to that, the gray/roan filly won five of six races to open her career, including four blacktype events. Like her stablemate Wild Promises, she has never been off the board in her career, having now posted a 7-2-1 record from 10 starts.
“I was confident," Gilchrist said. "Her last two races at Santa Anita are probably better than most people realize. She kept getting hooked on the lead. I knew Bobby (Frankel) would probably try to press me a little more today with Lovely Isle knowing it was a shorter distance. I was hoping it would take away some of her (Lovely Isle’s) late kick, and maybe it did. I don’t have anything planned for her next.”
The winner, who paid $13.40, $7 and $4.20, is out of the On to Glory mare Shari’s Glory.