Haveyougoneaway battled with heavy favorite Paulassilverlining the length of the stretch before finally putting her away nearing the wire to win the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap by a neck at Saratoga July 27.
The victory was the first graded stakes win for both the 5-year-old daughter of Congrats and her trainer, Thomas Morley.
A field of seven fillies and mares went to the post in the Honorable Miss, with two-time graded stakes winner Paulassilverlining being sent off as the favorite.
At the start it was Paulassilverlining that briefly went to the lead before jockey Jose Ortiz got her to relax and settle well off the hotly-contested pace set by Diva Express and Disco Chick.
As the field entered the far turn, Disco Chick shook off Diva Express and took the lead. Right behind her was Paulassilverlining, who quickly reeled in Disco Chick and took the lead with a furlong to run. The favorite appeared briefly to have the field at her mercy, but Haveyougoneaway was closing like a freight train, rallying furiously while racing four-wide.
The two fillies battled through the stretch and to the wire, with Haveyougoneaway finally wearing down her foe to win by a neck. Disco Chick held on for third, 12 lengths further back.
Final time for the six furlongs was 1:09.94 over a fast main track.
Haveyougoneaway was bred in New York by Andy and Susan Beadnell. The chestnut mare is by Congrats and is out of the unraced Wiseman’s Ferry mare, One Wise Cowgirl. She is trained by Thomas Morley for owner Sequel Racing.
Honorable Miss Quotes, courtesy NYRA:
Thomas Morley, winning trainer of Haveyougoneaway (No. 4):
“All meet, this track has been playing so far where you need to be in the middle of the track. The rail is not the place to be. He angled out outside the 7 [Bar of Gold] and took dead aim at Paulassilverlining. We just got there in time.”
“I take nothing away from her connections previously. She’s a hard-knocking filly who won a bunch of stakes, but sometime these sprinters start to get better around this age.”
“She ran so well last time against New York breds that it was time to face open graded stakes company. It’s very special to do it with a New York-bred. I’m a huge fan of the New York-bred program. We’re breeding some seriously good horses up here. I don’t think they can be looked at as they were previously. They are good horses.”
“Today was a massive target for this filly. There’s no reason she can’t stay in training as a 6-year-old. The [Grade 1] Ballernia has to be a consideration. But there’s the Bed o’Roses at Belmont. Off the back of today’s performance, you have to consider the Breeders’ Cup.
“This wins mean everything. This is my fourth full year as a trainer, so thank you to the connections of this filly for giving me the chance to train her. Hopefully it’s onwards and upwards from here. These are the ones you need so people pay attention.”
Kendrick Carmouche, winning jockey aboard Haveyougoneaway (No. 4):
“I broke good and I was sitting behind the top-four and being patient. The favorite came inside of me. I let her take the spot I could have been in because I knew my filly would make up the ground. It was going to make me get in the clear faster than I wanted.”
“Right past the eighth pole, I grinded a little and she really came home. This horse never really exploded like she did. That’s when I knew she would grind it out.”
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