Miss Ella Rallies To Repeat In Caress Stakes

by | 07.24.2017 | 6:33pm
Miss Ella wins the Caress

Jack Swain's Miss Ella rallied late in the stretch and outkicked Fair Point at the wire to repeat as the winner of the $200,000 Caress for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up on Monday at Saratoga Race Course.

Pacquita Coqueta set the early fractions for the eight-horse field, going a quarter-mile in 21.84 seconds and the half in 45.00. Under jockey Joel Rosario, Miss Ella rallied in the final eighth and gained the lead in the last 70 yards, completing 5 ½ furlongs on the good Mellon turf in 1:02.30.

Trained by Graham Motion, Miss Ella registered her fourth career stakes win, including a win in last year's Caress that was moved off the turf, boosting her career earnings to $595,334.

“She handled it well. She won last year on a muddy track. But today she looked comfortable the whole way and she put in a nice run again,” said jockey Joel Rosario.

“She always tries hard. She put a tremendous effort in and I was very proud of her,” he added. “It makes it easier for the rider when you know the horse. When you get the chance to work [her] in the mornings and in races, it makes the job easier.”

Favored at 5-2, Miss Ella paid $7.80 on a $2 win bet.

Ruby Notion finished third, followed by Paquita Coqueta, Pretty Perfection, Mississippi Delta, Summer Reading and Everything Lovely to complete the order of finish.

Animal Appeal, Blue Bahia and Eila were scratched as was main track only entry Appealing Maggie.

  • Jbumi

    Fun fact: she’s never finished out of the money when Joel’s ridden her. She ran beautifully here, & it’s impressive how fast she was on good turf! Love her name as I’m a big fan of Ella Fitzgerald (I’m guessing that’s where she got her name).

  • the buzz23

    Nice filly, and hope she is named after Jazz’s greatest vocalist of all time.

  • Embarr66

    Correction Carolina shag finished third ,,Owned trained and bred surely is worth a mention second start of two year layoff !!

  • Mindy

    I feel badly for Paquita Coqueta, she was sold, changed trainers & coasts, and got a new jockey, when Gary Stevens had just started to be able to get her to relax well enough to hold on, now, if it’s even possible, I guess that process will have to start all over again :(

  • Nelson Sepulveda

    Miss Ella has a wonderful chilean dam line. With right/good stallions, dam lines by old farms Santa Isabal, Matancilla or Santa Amelia always are giving very good racehorses. In this case, it’s a typical Haras Santa Isabel’s dam line.

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