DP Racing’s Prize Exhibit showed her class on Monday, laying off the early pace, weaving through traffic and flying home to win the G3 Megahertz by 1 1/2 lengths on the wire. The 5-year-old daughter of Showcasing, ridden by Mike Smith, covered a mile over Santa Anita’s “good” turf course in 1:35.56 for trainer James Cassidy.
“I got a clear trip today,” Smith said. “I’ve been handcuffed the last few times I’ve been on her, with traffic in front of me and never had a clear path. I got her out in the clear today and it was great.”
Prize Exhibit broke evenly under Smith, but got shuffled back a bit in the race for position around the first turn. She ended up last of the seven-horse field, but began to steadily hunt her way forward along the rail into sixth through the first quarter mile. Meanwhile, Poster Girl was sharp out of the gates to take the lead, but would be pressured throughout the backstretch by Into the Mystic as she set fractions of :23.72 and :47.93. Rounding into the far turn, Poster Girl, Into the Mystic and Jeremy’s Legacy lined up three-wide across the track to battle for the lead.
Smith had worked his way up to fourth, but rather than force Prize Exhibit to go four wide around the turn, the Hall of Fame reinsman elected to wait for clear running room in the stretch. When the field straightened for home, Jeremy’s Legacy had the lead but Prize Exhibit angled out and easily overwhelmed her rivals. Prize Exhibit galloped out to the wire 1 1/2 lengths in front, with Jeremy’s Legacy keeping her nose in front of Into the Mystic to finish second.
“She trained well going into that hill race but then, her work after that didn’t go was tremendous; over the top good,” Cassidy said. “I worried about that a little but she was fine. She’s a tough girl. She can be tricky. We’ve had to do a lot of different things with her and she’s just been happier lately. We’ve been working her from the gate and she seems to like that.”
Bred in Great Britain by Mrs R. F. Johnson Houghton, Prize Exhibit was originally sold for $ 46,899 at the Tattersalls yearling sale. An unremarkable career overseas saw the filly shipped to the United States in 2014, when she finished fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in her very first start. Though Prize Exhibit hadn’t won a race since January of 2016, she was very strong in the Megahertz to start 2017 on a positive note. Overall, the mare boasts a record of seven wins from 31 starts, with earnings of over $ 600,000.
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