Charles Reed & Mike Zanella's Bold Affair went to the lead, galloped along within herself and came home a driving winner in the Thanksgiving day feature at Laurel Park, the $100,000 Geisha Stakes.
Racing one mile under Abel Castellano, Bold Affair completed the distance in 1:38.81 over the fast main track and finished four lengths ahead of Catch a Thief, who had to chase the winner throughout. Plum rallied for third.
“When I handicapped the race it looked like we were the lone speed so I wanted to get to the lead and settle,” Castellano said. “I am glad it worked out the way we drew it up.”
Howard Wolfendale trains the 4-year-old daughter of Two Punch, a six-time stakes winner from fifteen starts including the Conniver, Primonetta, Skipat Stakes and the Maryland Million Distaff, all this year.
“On the backside she relaxed pretty good and I was ready when we turned for home,” added Castellano. “When I asked her to run she started kicking on, the only thing when she passed the first wire she thought she was done but I said, 'no, baby we have another furlong to go'. I was very happy the way she ran.”
Castellano rode three winners on the card to move ahead of Sheldon Russell in the Laurel fall meeting jockey standings. The 29-year-old has 37 victories, two more than Russell.
Bold Affair paid $3.20 as the 3-5 betting favorite.
Reed indicated his star would run next in the $125,000 Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes here on Dec. 22.
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