Lael Stables' Hawksmoor scored her second graded stakes win in the U.S. and second win of 2017 in as many starts in Friday's G2 New York Stakes at Belmont Park, lulling her opponents to sleep with an easy lead and kicking away in the stretch to win by a length at the wire. The 4-year-old daughter of Azamour covered 1 1/4 miles on the firm turf in 2:01.18 under Julien Leparoux, besting Quidura and Kitten's Roar. Arnaud Delacour trains the Irish-bred filly, who has made just four starts on American soil.
Breaking from the center of the field, Hawksmoor lengthened her stride easily for Leparoux to run alongside Quidura vying for the lead, then moving away to hold a four-length advantage turning into the backstretch. Quidura was content to wait her out in second, with Suffused, Apple Betty and Summersault in stalking positions. Favored stablemates Sea Calisi and Dacita were at the rear of the field, the latter after breaking a bit awkwardly to the outside.
Setting fractions of :24.27, :49.72, 1:15.57, and 1:39.65, Hawksmoor got away with a second quarter in a leisurely 25.45 seconds, and her third in 25.85 seconds. Though she began to feel pressure from Quidura and Suffused nearing the head of the lane, Leparoux had rationed her speed perfectly so that the filly had enough left to spurt away again in the lane.
Leparoux had to work hard to get Hawksmoor to change to her right lead, but as soon as she did the extra burst of speed was enough to put several lengths on her rivals. Quidura kept on grinding to maintain her second-place position under the wire, besting the late runs of Kitten's Roar and Sea Calisi, third and fourth, respectively.
Bred in Ireland by Tenuta Genzianella, Hawksmoor was a $102,792 yearling at Tattersalls Ireland September sale. She kicked off her career with a Group 3 win in just her third start, then was Group 1 placed twice before winning the Group 2 German 1000 Guineas. Sold to the United States in late 2016, Hawksmoor was an impressive third in the G1 QEII Cup at Keeneland, but did not get her first win stateside until the start of her 4-year-old season. Overall, Hawksmoor has won five of her 13 starts for earnings of over $700,000.
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