Ickymasho Out For A Gallop In Easy Searching Stakes Win

by | 05.18.2019 | 2:28pm
Ickymasho wins the Searching Stakes

Triton Stable's Ickymasho cruised around the Pimlico turf like she owned it on Saturday, setting leisurely fractions en route to a 3 1/4-length triumph in the $100,000 Searching Stakes. The 7-year-old daughter of Multiplex, ridden by Jose Ortiz for trainer Roger Attfield, covered 1 1/2 miles over the firm turf in 2:29.58, winning as the 1-2 favorite.

“After she won the Bewitched [April 26 at Keeneland], we were planning on waiting and running her at Woodbine,” said winning owner Joe Miller. “She was doing so well, though; she was acting like she wanted to run. Roger Attfield is a big believer in taking advantage of that. It was his call to run her here, and it was the right one.  If all goes well, we'll look next to the Dance Smartly (G2) at Woodbine {June 29).”

Ickymasho broke on top for Ortiz, then strode out to a two-length lead as she rounded the far turn for the first time. Never challenged all the way through the 1 1/2-mile contest, the mare carved out measured splits of :25.15, :51.62, 1:17.18, and 1:41.91. Tracking her were longshots So Innocent and Layla Noor, followed by Homeland Security, Peach of a Gal, and Vevina.

Ortiz gave Ickymasho her cue at the three-sixteenths pole, and the mare responded willingly to pull away to a 3 1/4-length victory. Vevina rounded the rest of the field to check in second, while the remaining order of finish was comprised of Homeland Security, Peach of a Gal, Layla Noor, and So Innocent.

“She was the favorite, and she can handle the distance, which is a big battle in these long races,” summarized Ortiz. “And this horse can handle it. I rode her with a lot of confidence. She relaxed well in the lead and when I asked her to run, she responded well. It was very easy. The whole way around was very comfortable.”

Bred in Great Britain by Allseasons Bloodstock, Ickymasho was a $22,065 yearling purchase at Tattersalls. She began her career in Europe where she required 10 starts to break her maiden. The mare did not try stakes company until her 5-year-old season, finishing third in the listed Prix de la Calonne, and came to the United States as a 6-year-old. Ickymasho won her first graded stakes in the G3 Bewitch last out, and has now won two in a row to improve her overall record to 10-11-4 from 40 starts with earnings of over $340,000.

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