Seth Klarman's Separationofpowers cruised to an easy 4 3/4-length victory in the Grade 3 Bed o' Roses Invitational, kicking off the stakes action at Belmont Park on Friday. The 4-year-old daughter of Candy Ride and jockey Jose Ortiz completed seven furlongs on the fast main track in 1:21.46. Trained by Chad Brown, Separationofpowers was the 5-2 second choice but easily held off the challenge from even money favorite Chalon in the stretch.
“She broke really well today,” said Ortiz. “Last time she ran, she probably needed that race under her belt to make the difference today. I've ridden her for her entire career. She's a very gutsy filly and she has a lot of heart and that's what we're looking for in fillies.”
Ortiz hustled Separationofpowers from the gate and sent her straight to the lead, setting fractions of 22.40 seconds and 45.04 seconds with mild pressure from Spring in the Wind into the far turn. Straightening into the stretch, Separationofpowers kicked away cleanly and continued on through the wire to win with ease. Chalon made up ground from the rear of the field but was clearly second-best, while Dawn the Destroyer outfinished Pacific Gale for third.
“She put herself up there, she broke so sharp and I was hoping she would,” said Brown. “I said that if she broke cleanly and fast, [she should] go on with it and either go to the front, or at the very least establish herself prominent in second if someone was really hell-bent on making the lead.
“(The G1 Ballerina on Aug. 24) makes a lot of sense. We'll see how she comes out of the race first and go from there, but I'll tell you that she'll stay sprinting for sure.”
Bred in Kentucky by Northwest Farms, Separationofpowers was a $190,000 weanling at the Keeneland November sale. She broke her maiden at first asking, then won the G1 Frizette as a juvenile. In 2018 she added the G1 Test to her resume, and the Bed o' Roses was her second start and first win of 2019. Overall, the filly's record stands at four wins from nine starts with earnings of nearly $950,000.
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