Juddmonte Farms’ Suffused endured a wide trip in Saturday’s G3 La Prevoyante, but found running room around the far turn to hit the front early in the stretch. From there, the 5-year-old daughter of Champs Elysees perked her ears and did just enough work to stay in front of her hard-charging rivals, winning by a length at the wire under Jose Ortiz. Trained by Bill Mott, Suffused covered 12 furlongs on Gulfstream’s firm turf in 2:26.04.
“A little wide on the first turn, but other than that, no problem,” said Mott. “The post position—if you scratch, where are you going to run? He was able to get into the two path after the first turn. It looked like she had them whenever she wanted them. (Inquiry?) I wasn’t worried initially because I thought it was against the 3 (Try Your Luck), but Jose (Ortiz) said she came in a little when she switched leads. Horses always come in half a path; that is just the nature of the beast.”
Longshot Gypsy Eyes took the lead rounding the far turn for the first time, holding a 3/4-length advantage over Try Your Luck on her outside through modest early fractions of :24.87 and :48.88. Quiet Kitten was able to tuck in along the rail in third, with Arles on the outside in fourth. Desiree Clary hugged the rail in fifth, and the heavy favorite Suffused tucked in behind horses in sixth, one path off the rail.
The order remained largely unchanged through three-quarters in 1:13.92, but approaching the far turn for the second time Try Your Luck made her bid and took the lead. Arles skipped around the tiring Gypsy Eyes, forcing Ortiz to take Suffused four-wide turning for home. Suffused thrust her head in front at the top of the lane, but appeared to lug in just a bit when changing leads.
When Ortiz switched his stick the mare responded willingly, jumping out to a one-length advantage, but then raised her head and appeared to wait on the other horses. Ortiz had to work hard to keep her to task on late stretch, but Suffused held on easily enough to win by a length over Arles. Try Your Luck held on for third in a photo over Quiet Kitten.
“She broke good,” Ortiz said. “They went wide into the first turn. When we got to the quarter pole she got into a really good position, and from there she changed her leads well in the stretch and finished up strong.”
A pair of rider inquiries were filed, the rider of Quiet Kitten against the rider of Arles, and the rider of Arles against Ortiz on Suffused. The stewards disallowed both claims of fouls.
Bred in Great Britain, Suffused first came to the United States in 2016. The La Prevoyante is her second graded stakes victory, improving the mare’s overall record to 6-4-1 from 15 starts, with earnings of over $ 540,000.
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