Big World made a successful ‘big leap’ into Grade 1 company when she went gate to wire to win the G1 La Troienne Stakes at Churchill Downs May 5.
Sent off at odds of 7-1, Big World, a 4-year-old filly by Custom for Carlos, broke alertly under jockey Florent Geroux and went right to the lead. She continued to hold her lead throughout, turning away the challenges of Romantic Vision and Streamline in the stretch to win by a length.
Romantic Vision held on for second over Streamline. Favored Paid Up Subscriber had to settle for fourth.
Final time for the 1 1/16-mile contest was 1:44.91 over a sloppy main track.
The victory improved Big World’s record to seven wins in 11 starts. Winner of the G3 Tempted Stakes as a juvenile, Big World is undefeated in three starts in 2017.
Trained by Tom Amoss for Maggi Moss, Big World was bred in Louisiana by Curt Leake & Elm Tree Farm LLC. Big World is out of Tensas Wedding Joy, an unraced daughter of Broken Vow.
La Troienne Quotes:
Florent Geroux (rider of Big World, winner) – “Tom (Amoss) left it up to me (whether to go to the lead). She broke good, got to the lead and I saved as much as I could on the backside. When I asked her turning for home, she was there for me and very brave all the way to the wire.”
Tom Amoss (trainer of Big World, winner) – “I saw some speed in the race, so I left it up to Florent (Geroux). He made the front end and was able to control it up there, and that made all the difference. I’ve had her all winter long. I can’t thank Maggi Moss enough to have the opportunity with this filly. She’s responsible for buying this filly, not me. We just put her in the right spots. Maggi couldn’t be here today, but I know she would say that this is one of biggest moments of her career. Florent, Maggi and I will talk about it, and make some decisions (about Big World’s next start).”
Brian Hernandez Jr. (rider of Romantic Vision, runner-up) – “When we were turning for home, I thought she was going to catch that filly. She ran a big race.”
Rusty Arnold (trainer of Romantic Vision, runner-up) – “Walking over for the race, I thought she would run a big one and she did just that. It’s great to run that well in a Grade One.
Chris Landeros (rider of Streamline, third-place finisher) – “My hat’s off to her. She always gives me 110 percent. I felt that maybe on a fast track she kind of takes me there a little more and grabs the track and picks herself up on the backside. Today she was on a loose rein and I knew not to push her and let her settle. When I asked her, she gave me a good run the last sixteenth, she just couldn’t handle it as much as she wanted to.”
Brian Williamson (trainer of Streamline, third-place finisher) – “She just keeps trying. She dug in and tried. She didn’t break as well as I would have liked. She was all right with the track. Maybe if we would have laid on (Big World) a little more … Speed was carrying and the plan was to lay close. She ran big and you can’t ask for anything more.”
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