Joseph W. Sutton’s Sultry made a strong move on the turn along the inside rail under jockey Corey Lanerie and collared odds-on favorite Mia Mischief inside the final sixteenth of a mile to win Sunday’s first running of the $200,000 Spendthrift Farm Juvenile Filly Stallion Stakes at Churchill Downs by 1 ¼ lengths.
The lucrative race was exclusively for 2-year-old fillies that were sired by any active or non-active Spendthrift stallion, including all Spendthrift-owned stallions standing regionally in North America, presented to trophy to himself.
Sultry, a daughter of Malibu Moon trained by Eddie Kenneally, collected her first stakes win and third victory in five career starts. Previously, she won a first-level allowance over seven furlongs at Keeneland 17 days ago.
On Sunday, she clocked seven furlongs in 1:24.51 over a fast track, which was .36 faster than Fight On’s triumph in the Juvenile division.
Mia Mischief, the 2-5 favorite, led most of the way in :22.24, :45.65 and 1:11.29 with Sultry unhurried early and well back of the leader.
“Her running style is to come from behind so even though speed has been holding today we didn’t want to change too much except get her into the race earlier,” Lanerie said. “We had a perfect trip up the rail and with the early fractions the field came back to us a bit which helped. Eddie and his team have done a phenomenal job training her and she was ready to run today.”
Kentucky-bred Sultry, out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Viva Carina (ARG), banked $60,140 for her owner and another $40,000 to breeder Three Chimneys Farm LLC. Sultry now has a career record of 5-3-0-0—$126,606.
Sultry, the 4-1 second betting choice, paid $10.60, $3.20 and $2.20. Mia Mischief, ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., returned $2.20 and $2.10. Aerial Assets was another six lengths back in third under Julien Leparoux and paid $4.20.
Breaking Beauty, Foxy Mischief, Southampton Way, Cinema Doll and Bibbidibobbidi Boo completed the order of finish. Wendy Peffercorn was scratched.
SPENDTHRIFT JUVENILE FILLY STALLION STAKES QUOTES
Corey Lanerie, jockey of SULTRY (winner): “Her running style is to come from behind so even though speed has been holding today we didn’t want to change too much except get her into the race earlier. We had a perfect trip up the rail and with the early fractions the field came back to us a bit which helped. Eddie (Kenneally) and his team have done a phenomenal job training her and she was ready to run today.”
Eddie Kenneally, trainer of SULTRY (winner): “When we ran in the Pocahontas she was well back of a slow pace. To close in a sprint race like this you have to get a perfect trip and Corey (Lanerie) gave her a great ride. We could eventually try her around two turns again this fall but we’ll see how she comes out of things.”