Klaravich Stables' Separationofpowers raced greenly in her first graded stakes try, battling for the early lead, then drifting out in the stretch and tiring late to finish third in Saratoga's G1 Spinaway. This Sunday, the 2-year-old Candy Ride filly was a total professional as she rolled to a three-length win in the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes at Belmont Park. Ridden by Jose Ortiz, 9-5 favorite Separationofpowers was never far off the pacesetters, rolled three wide around the far turn and drew away convincingly in the stretch, stopping the clock in 1:38.66 for a mile over a main track rated “good.” The victory earns the Chad Brown trainee an expenses-paid berth to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies next month at Del Mar.
“My staff deserves a lot of the credit,” Brown said. “She drew the rail in the Spinaway. She had gone wire-to-wire in her debut, so she was kind of forced. She's always trained kind in the morning and she's a real easy horse to be around.”
Separationofpowers broke right with the frontrunners, but settled willingly when Ortiz took her back to the rear of the leading group. Strategic Dreams and Drama Run vied for the lead through a :23.26 first quarter, then Separationofpowers moved up along with Purrfect Miss to press the pace. After a half in :46.95, Strategic Dreams had just a half-length lead over Purrfect Miss, with Separationofpowers less than a length behind while three wide.
Ortiz began riding the filly at the five-sixteenth's pole, and Separationofpowers responded slowly at first. She continued to inch away at the leaders, but turning for home Purrfect Miss had taken over the lead. With clear racetrack in front of her, Separationofpowers wound up into top gear and easily pulled away from her rivals, crossing the wire three lengths in front. Caledonia Road came from dead last to finish second at 8-1, and Maya Malibu claimed third at 4-1. Purrfect Miss just held on to finish fourth at 5-1.
“She broke really well and I had an opportunity to put her in the clear early and I think that was the key to win the race,” said Ortiz. “I put her in the clear and we went three-wide the whole way. We went easy, 46 [seconds]. The track is a little slow so I don't pay attention to the 1:38 [final time]. She's a little green when she's around horses, but once she passed them, she jumped in the bit and gave me everything she had.”
Bred in Kentucky by Northwest Farms, Separationofpowers was a $190,000 weanling at the Keeneland November sale. She won by 11 3/4 lengths on debut, and earned a Grade 1 placing in her second start. Separationofpowers is now two-for-three with earnings of over $320,000.
“A lot of credit goes to Nick de Meric in Ocala,” added Brown. “Him and his team broke her and prepared her for us. She's been a real easy horse to train since she's come in. She learned her lessons well in Ocala.”
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