Andrew Stone's homebred filly Mrs. Sippy made her North American debut a winning one on Saturday, splitting rivals in the stretch and powering to a 3/4-length win in the Grade 2 Glens Falls Stakes at Saratoga. The 4-year-old daughter of Blame and jockey Joel Rosario, sent off at odds of 6-1, completed 1 3/8 miles over the firm turf in 2:13.62. Trainer Graham Motion also saddled the runner-up Empressof the Nile.
“She broke a little bit slow and then after that it was all her,” said Rosario. “It looked like she just wanted to follow somebody the whole time. I just thought that's the way she's probably used to running in Europe. She did well for her first time here. Graham [Motion] just told me to be comfortable where you are and take it from there. I knew I had to wait a little bit going into the turn, but she was able to pick up again and get going kicking on to the wire.”
Nearly last of the seven-horse field in the early going, Mrs. Sippy made a middle move up the rail to fourth in the backstretch before being shuffled back, then rallying again up into second heading into the far turn. The determined filly couldn't get through at the rail in the stretch, and had to go between front-running Lady Montdore and 8-5 favorite Santa Monica to find racing room. When she saw daylight, Mrs. Sippy took off and was able to fend off the late run from her stablemate Empressof the Nile to win by three-quarters of a length. Santa Monica had to settle for third.
“Every time I looked away, Joel [Rosario] had crept up a couple of spots,” Motion said. “It was an impressive performance and an impressive ride by Joel. She did everything right. I'll have to look for bigger fish because I thought her win today was very nice.”
Bred in Kentucky by her owner, Mrs. Sippy is out of the stakes-winning Encosta de Lago mare Qushchi. The filly began her career in Europe, winning two of her nine starts and earning a second-place finish in the Group 3 stakes. Her last overseas start came in June, and she has been working steadily at Fair Hill since late July for her local debut. The Glens Falls win improves her record to three wins from 10 starts, with earnings over $230,000.
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