BC Distaff: Emollient Rallies From Last to First for Spinster Victory
Juddmonte Farms’ Emollient, the lone 3-year-old filly in the field, delivered a last-to-first 1¼-length victory in the 58th running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) for fillies and mares before a crowd of 9,034 on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Keeneland.
The victory earned Emollient a berth in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) to be run Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.
Trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Mike Smith, Emollient covered the 1 1/8 miles on the main track in 1:47.75. It marked the second Juddmonte Spinster victory for Mott, who won the 2009 race with Mushka and for Smith who won the 1995 edition of the race with Inside Information.
The victory was worth $300,000 and increased Emollient’s earnings to $958,900 with a record of 10-5-2-0.
Emollient, a homebred daughter of Empire Maker out of the Touch Gold mare Soothing Touch, became only the fourth 3-year-old to win the Central Bank Ashland (G1) in the spring and come back to win the Spinster in the fall. She joins Doubledogdare (1956), Optimistic Gal (1976) and Take Charge Lady (2002).
In her victory in the Central Bank Ashland, Emollient led gate to wire in a nine-length victory in her only other race on Polytrack. On Sunday, Emollient broke last in the field of 11 as Sisterly Love set the pace.
Sisterly Love led the field through fractions of :23.60 and :47.30 while Emollient raced at the back of the pack. Entering the far turn, Emollient began to pick off rivals and swung widest of all in a tightly bunched pack at the head of the stretch.
Emollient put away Sisterly Love at the eighth pole and repulsed a bid from Summer Applause to begin drawing away at the sixteenth pole.
Sent off as the favorite, Emollient returned $6.60, $4.20 and $4. Summer Applause, ridden by John Velazquez, returned $7.80 and $5.20 with Wine Princess finishing 3½ lengths back in third under Shaun Bridgmohan and paying $7.40 to show.
Sisterly Love finished a half-length back in fourth and was followed in order by Open Water, Byrama (GB), Hard Not to Like, Hard to Resist, Closing Range, Sisterhood and On Fire Baby.
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$500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) Quotes
Bill Mott (winning trainer of Emollient)
“It was reminiscent of a couple of her past races where she’s taken herself back a little; she hasn’t broken as well as what she did in the spring. You could see we planned it (going to the front with jockey Mike Smith) tapping her on the shoulder leaving there and then we decided to go back to last.
“They don’t always do what you think they’re going to do, but the good thing was she came with a big run. Mike went to the alternate plan and the only thing you could do and that’s ride from where she broke and where she settled in. I guess we’ve got to do it their way once in a while.”
On whether the plan is to race Emollient in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships
“No plan on this point. We’ll have to wait and talk to all the bosses and see.”
Mike Smith (winning rider)
On her come-from-last performance compared with her front-running win in the Central Bank Ashland (G1) at Keeneland in April
“Recently for some odd reason, she has been wanting to come from out of it. The plan was if we did get away well, ride her out of there a jump or two and see where we were at. If not, sit back there and make one run. We had to go to Plan B, and it really worked. It’ll certainly keep her around a whole lot longer. At least she won’t have to do all the running on the front end and keep it going. It’s a great way to race if we can continue to do this.”
On whether he was surprised by her closing kick
“About halfway down the backside, I tested her a little and she was full of run. I knew she was OK.”
John Velazquez (rider of runner-up Summer Applause)
“Perfect trip. I had her behind the speed. I was behind everybody, just (going) naturally. By the time we got to the backstretch, I was feeling the winner (Emollient) was behind me, and I was waiting, waiting, waiting until she came up to me. Finally when she came up to me, we both went. But she was a little better than me.”
Shaun Bridgmohan (rider of third-place finisher Wine Princess)
“I thought she ran hard. Steve (trainer Steve Margolis) had her in good shape. She tried all the way. She gave me everything she has. She ran pretty hard.”
Eurico Da Silva (rider of fourth-place finisher Sisterly Love)
“We were where we wanted to be and she was very relaxed. If there was a little bit more speed, I would have taken her back. My race was fantastic. She ran very well. It’s too bad we lost, but she ran very, very good. She gave me good feeling and she tried her best.”
Rosie Napravnick (rider of sixth-place finisher and second choice Byrama [GB])
“I had a decent trip. I was in tight quarters, but I was still able to navigate where I wanted to go. She just didn’t really fire down the lane.”