LOUISIANA-BRED FILLY DEFEATS OPEN COMPANY WHILE TAKING THIRD STAKES RACE
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $100,000 My Trusty Cat Stakes for 2-year-old fillies competing at one mile on Friday afternoon and the winner was Free Like a Girl under jockey Pedro Cotto, Jr. It was the third straight stakes win for Free Like a Girl, who defeated open company after scoring against restricted Louisiana-bred foes in the DS Shine Young Futurity at Evangeline Downs on September 17 and the Louisiana Jewel at Delta Downs on October 22.
Free Like a Girl, who is owned by Gerald Bruno, Jr., Carl J. Deville and Chasey Deville Pomier, was not only facing open company in the My Trusty Cat she was also making her route debut. That fact didn’t hold her back as she rated just off the pace in the one-mile affair while Viv Viv Viv set the early fractions of 22.89 seconds for the opening quarter mile and 47.64 for the half. By the time the field reached the second turn Free Like a Girl grabbed the lead while traveling ¾ of a mile in 1:14.13 and was never seriously threatened after that.
With a quick turn of foot turning for home, Free Like a Girl’s lead over race favorite Sea Level held up even though the latter put in a strong bid in the final strides. Free Like a Girl won by 1-1/2 lengths over Sea Level. Mama Said no was a distant third, finishing 15-1/2 lengths behind the runner-up.
Free Like a Girl covered eight furlongs in the My Trusty Cat in a time of 1:41.97 while running on a fast track.
Free Like a Girl has won four of eight career starts. She earned $60,000 for her win in the My Trusty Cat and now owns a bankroll of $195,713.
Bred in Louisiana by Kim Renee Stover & Lisa Osborne, Free Like a Girl is a 2-year-old bay filly by El Deal, out of the Flashy Bull mare Flashy Prize. She was purchased for the low price of just $5,500 as a yearling in 2020.
Sent to the gate as the second choice of the wagering public, Free Like a Girl paid $6 to win, $3 to place and $2.80 to show. Sea Level was worth $2.60 to place and $2.20 to show. Mama Said No paid $13.20 to show.
Delta Downs will close out its sixth week of live racing on Saturday with another 10-race program starting at 12:25 pm. The Saturday feature race is the $100,000 Jean Lafitte Stakes for 2-year-old at one mile.
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