Cheyenne Stables’ Genre refused to be denied in Sunday’s Grade 3 Molly Pitcher Stakes, besting her Todd Pletcher-trained stablemate Eskenformoney by a neck under Paco Lopez. The 4-year-old daughter of Bernardini covered 1 1/16 miles over Monmouth’s sloppy main track in 1:43.10.
“I had a little trouble out of the gate but I took her out and got settled,” said Lopez. “Coming around the turn I knew Bravo (jockey Joe) would be coming. He started to pass me and I asked my filly and she gave me something. She’s a really nice filly.”
Off as the slight favorite in a strong betting race, Birdatthewire broke outwardly at the start to spot the field a couple lengths. Super Majesty took up the leading position as Genre kept the pace honest just three-quarters of a length behind. It was a big gap of nearly seven lengths back to Eskenformoney and Birdatthewire, with Stiffed 10 lengths off the lead in last. Super Majesty led through a first quarter in :24.04 before Genre urged her along to pass the half-mile mark in :47.19. The leaders took a breather through part of the far turn, allowing Eskenformoney to move up three-wide.
Birdatthewire was originally angled four-wide on the far turn to make her move, but switched to the inside to make her bid. Eskenformoney and Genre turned for home together with Genre on the inside several paths off the rail, leaving space for Birdatthewire. However the Pletcher distaffers quickly left Birdatthewire behind, dueling through the final sixteenth together. Eskenformoney had her nose in front, but Genre battled back to get her neck down on the wire first. Eskenformoney had to settle for second, with Birdatthewire trailing home third. Stiffed finished fourth.
Bred in Kentucky by William E. Graves and Gainesway Thoroughbreds, Genre was a $ 200,000 Keeneland September Yearling purchase. The Molly Pitcher is her first stakes victory, and improves her record to four wins and four seconds from 10 starts, with earnings of nearly $ 230,000.
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