Greg Goodman’s Mt. Brilliant Stables’ homebred Secret Someone sprinted up the hill to the wire at Kentucky Downs, earning a 3 3/4-length victory in Saturday’s $ 350,000 Ladies Turf. The 5-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy covered a mile over the firm, European-style turf course in 1:38.00 under Robby Albarado for trainer Mike Stidham.
Said Ben Trask, assistant trainer to Mike Stidham: “She normally lays a little closer but the pace was pretty slow so he said everyone went out there wing dinging and he just kind of sat back and made his move at the right time.”
Stidham, who was not at Kentucky Downs, told Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee by phone from Chicago: “I wish I owned her myself. With her pedigree, and making her a stakes-winner – it’s like hitting the lottery. That was really impressive today. She beat some nice horses.”
Secret Someone broke well but settled in last in the early going, allowing the speedsters to duel it out on the front end. Mizz Money and Natural Wonder were the early leaders, but Susie Bee rushed up to press the pace from the inside while tracked by the favored Cash Control down on the rail. Nearing the quarter pole, Cash Control had taken the lead but Albarado angled Secret Someone widest of all to scream past the leaders in the stretch, rolling to a 3 3/4 length win. Cash Control heldon by a neck over She’s Not Here.
“I had a good trip,” Albarado said. “I saw the whole field race to the bottom of the hill. I saw the favorite between horses, and I applauded that. That kind of helped me a little bit, coming by at the finish. I swung out turning for home and she ran on quick…. I didn’t think she could win this easy, but the whole race she was there for me.”
Bred in Kentucky, Secret Someone was recording her second stakes victory in the Ladies Turf. A daughter Private Gift, by Unbridled, the mare boasts an overall record of five wins from 18 career starts, with earnings of over $ 400,000.
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