Paulassilverlining (Ghostzapper) wins the Humana Distaff (G1) at Churchill Downs on 5.6.2017. Jose Ortiz up, Chad Brown trainer, Juddmonte Farms owner.
Khalid Abdullah of Juddmonte Farm’s Paulassilverlining was just able to hold off the late charge of Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint Champion Finest City in Saturday’s Grade 1 Humana Distaff, splashing over Churchill Downs’ sloppy main track to win by a neck on the wire. A 5-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper, Paulassilverlining and jockey Jose Ortiz laid just off the early pace and took the lead in the far turn, completing seven furlongs in 1:23.68 for a jubilant trainer Chad Brown.
“She had no trouble with the track and Jose (Ortiz) gave her a great ride,” said Brown. “He got her off the rail early, put her in a stalking position and got the jump on everybody.”
Longshot Super Humor broke very well from her inside post position of the seven-mare field, sprinting away to a three-length lead over Paulassilverlining as the group left the chute to join up with the main track. Finest City was just to her outside in third, with Mines and Magic and Carina Mia traveling a joint fourth in the early going. After a first quarter mile in 23.02 seconds, Paulassilverlining began to close the gap on Super Humor all under her own power, requiring no encouragement from her rider.
The half-mile split of 46.55 seconds saw Paulassilverlining sidle up alongside Super Humor, who quickly folded and dropped back along the rail. Both Finest City and Carina Mia were making their rallies at the same time, but Paulassilverlining had gotten the jump on them.
At the head of the lane, Paulassilverlining had a half-length advantage, and she spurted away by a full length at the three-sixteenths pole. Finest City kept grinding away from second, as did Carina Mia from her three-wide path, but neither were able to make up ground on the eventual winner until it was too late. Finest City lunged forward in the final 100 yards, but Paulassilverlining was able to hold her off by a neck under the wire. Carina Mia had to settle for third.
“No special instructions from Chad,” Ortiz reported. “He said, ‘You know this filly; ride her like you know how.’ She was extra game today but she’s like that every time. She always shows up and gives her best. She showed up today.”
Bred in Kentucky by Vince Scuderi, Paulassilverlining began her career with him as owner under the care of trainer Michelle Nevin. For those connections, she compiled four graded stakes wins and finished third (behind Finest City) in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita. Following that performance, Juddmonte’s Khalid Abdullah purchased her as a future broodmare for his international superstar Arrogate, and she has won both of her Grade 1 starts since that transfer to trainer Chad Brown’s care. Overall, Paulassilverlining has a record of 10 wins from 20 starts, with earnings of over $ 1.3 million.
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