Stuart S. Janney III's homebred My Impression left a big impression on Laurel Park racegoers Saturday afternoon, exploding up the rail in the stretch to win the G3 Commonwealth Oaks by 3 1/4 lengths. The sophomore daughter of Sky Mesa, ridden by Jose Ortiz, covered nine furlongs over the firm turf in 1:46.57 for trainer Shug McGaughey.
“This filly…I have been having trouble figuring her out but today, when I broke on her she relaxed good for me,” Ortiz said. “The last couple times I rode her she was jumping on the bit and fighting me and I think that's why she didn't finish so good. Today was a different ballgame. She broke out of there running and I was able to tuck her in, and as soon as I put her behind horses she relaxed more.”
My Impression settled well along the rail in the early going in seventh, rated five or six lengths off the solid early pace of It's The Truth, who led by a length through fractions of :23.38 and :47.40. Race favorite Stella Rose settled in between horses in fifth with Pricedtoperfection right alongside in sixth. Stella Rose ranged up into fourth between horses nearing the three-eighths pole, but Ortiz had to wait for room along the rail with My Impression.
Princess Princess took the lead at the head of the lane, but Pricedtoperfection was right alongside fairly quickly. Noble Beauty took up the challenge when Princess Princess dropped back, but My Impression suddenly found room along the inner rail and burst through with a sharp turn of foot, racing away from the pack impressively to win by 3 1/4 lengths on the wire. Noble Beauty just nosed out Pricedtoperfection for third, and Stella Rose had to settle for fourth.
“I thought she was very impressive,” Janney said. “Obviously, he [Jose Ortiz] rode her beautifully, as he always does. He found that hole and she just had tremendous kick coming home. I couldn't have been more pleased with what I saw.”
Bred in Kentucky, My Impression is out of a winning daughter of Broad Brush. She captured a listed stakes at Delaware Park, but slipped over the wet turf at Saratoga in the G2 Lake Placid, finishing sixth. The Commonwealth Oaks is her first graded stakes victory, improving her overall record to four wins from seven starts, with earnings of over $170,000.
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