Heavily-Favored Feedback Hangs Tough In Forward Gal

by | 02.02.2019 | 4:37pm
Feedback holds on to win the G3 Forward Gal

Klaravich Stables' Feedback was probably not 100-percent cranked for Saturday's Grade 3 Forward Gal, trainer Chad Brown said before the start. Nonetheless, the 3-year-old daughter of Violence managed to win by a half-length after battling back Bye Bye J through the length of the Gulfstream Park stretch. Ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., the 1-2 favorite completed seven furlongs over the fast main track in 1:23.51.

“I'm happy and relieved,” said Brown, “because this horse I really didn't have quite enough works into her where I really wanted to run her quite yet, but looking at the schedule and trying to hopefully get her on the [Kentucky] Oaks trail, I figured if we don't get her started this weekend it was going to be hard to get there. We were a little short on works, but she showed her class and her ability to overcome it.”

Feedback broke sharply from the gate, as did Bye Bye J and Fashion Faux Pas. Jockey Javier Castellano sent Fashion Faux Pas after the lead, rushing through a first quarter in :22.20 with a one-length advantage over Feedback. Bye Bye J got folded back into center pack a bit, but came around rivals in the turn to challenge the leader.

Ortiz and Feedback took command before the half-mile mark, but before they could pull away Bye Bye J was moving up on the outside.

Through the length of the stretch, Bye Bye J never quit trying to get past Feedback, but Feedback was able to withstand the challenge and hang on to win by about a half length. Champagne Anyone came from well of the pace, riding the rail up into a close third-place finish. Longshot Jeltrin finished fourth.

Bred in Kentucky by Wolverton Mountain Farm LLC and Cameron Wheeler, Feedback was an $85,000 weanling at the Keeneland November sale. She was impressive on debut at Saratoga, breaking her maiden by eight lengths, but then required time away from the racetrack for an illness, according to Brown. The Forward Gal is her second win from as many starts, and improves her overall earnings to over $130,000.

“The way it turned out, she was able to dig in and get it done and I think she'll get a lot out of it, fitness-wise,” Brown continued. “I'll just have to evaluate how much time she needs to recover from this effort because she was quite tired when she came back.

“I'd like to run her twice more before the Oaks. [The G2 Davona Dale March 2] would be the logical thing to do, so hopefully if she's not too knocked out from this and it's just a matter of getting the fitness she needed, she'll be ready to go in four weeks. But, if not, we'll just wait a little longer.”

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