Newtown Anner Stud and J Stable’s Off the Tracks was the 3 1/2-length winner of Saturday’s Grade 1 Mother Goose after setting quick fractions throughout. Defeating six other sophomore fillies, the daughter of Curlin covered 1 1/16 miles over Belmont Park’s fast main track in 1:41.01. This is the first Grade 1 win for Off the Tracks, who was ridden by Jose Ortiz for trainer Todd Pletcher.
Off the Tracks was the quickest out of the gates in the one-turn race, but was quickly joined by Mom’s On Strike to her outside. That rival put her neck in front for a couple strides, but Off the Tracks grew uncomfortable, so Ortiz had to let his filly take back the lead. Mom’s On Strike pushed Off the Tracks through early fractions of :22.79 and :45.53, only easing up the pressure approaching the three-quarters mark. Meanwhile, Lewis Bay and Rachel’s Valentina tracked the pacesetters from third and fourth, respectively. About mid-way through the turn, John Velazquez aboard Rachel’s Valentina began scrubbing on the filly, who responded only half-heartedly while three wide.
Off the Tracks dispatched Mom’s On Strike by the top of the stretch, turning for home with a one-length lead. Lewis Bay tried to make a run at her, as did Lightstream who’d been forced four-wide on the turn, but it was no use. Off the Tracks floated home to a 3 1/2-length victory, while Lewis Bay finished a distinct second over Lightstream. Mo d’Amour nosed out Rachel’s Valentina to be fourth.
Bred in Kentucky by Lee McMillin, Off the Tracks was originally a $ 50,000 yearling purchase at the Keeneland September sale. Majority interest in the filly was purchased by Newtown Anner Stud after an impressive win in Gulfstream’s listed Margate Handicap, and she was transferred to Todd Pletcher’s Stable. She was then third in the Gulfstream Oaks, and a strong second in the Acorn before today’s victory. Overall, Off the Tracks’ record stands at 4-1-1 from six starts, with earnings of over $ 485,000.
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