Heavily-favored Terra Promessa took the lead at the start and was never threatened as she cruised to a 7 1/2-length victory in the G3 Allaire DuPont Distaff at Pimlico May 19.
The 4-year-old daughter of Curlin, who finished second to champion Stellar Wind in the G1 Apple Blossom last time out, has won three of her five starts this season. The Stonestreet Stable homebred has also crossed the finish line first in the G3 Bayakoa Stakes and the listed Pippin Stakes,
Terra Promessa broke alertly under jockey Jose Ortiz and went right to the front. She was tracked closely by Carrumba in second an Mo’ Green in third as the field swept through the clubhouse turn and entered the backstretch.
The order remained unchanged on the backstretch, but Carrumba began to edge closer as the field entered the far turn. It appeared briefly that Carrumba would soon draw even with Terra Promessa to challenge for the lead, but Terra Promessa quickly put that thought to rest as she suddenly spurted away and began to widen her lead.
Terra Promessa continued to draw off through the stretch, crossing the wire 7 1/2-lengths in front. Carrumba had to settle for second, 2 1/4 lengths in front of Mo’ Green.
Final time for the nine furlongs was 1:49.12 over a fast main track.
Bred in Kentucky, Terra Promessa is out of the multiple stakes winner Missile Bay (Yes It’s True). She is trained by Steve Asmussen for Stonestreet Stable.
ALLAIRE DUPONT DISTAFF QUOTES
Winning Trainer Steve Asmussen (Terra Promessa): “She’s a wonderful filly and being by Curlin it makes it special. Jose rode her twice previously and both were wins. He knows the filly. Obviously, she’s better now than she’s ever been. Her last race against Stellar Wind was her fastest. For her to respond like this after such a demanding race speaks volumes to her personality and durability.”
Winning Jockey Jose Ortiz (Terra Promessa): “I was more than happy to be in front early. I didn’t think anybody was going to go with her. I asked her to run about the 3/8ths pole and I just showed her the whip in the stretch. She’s really nice.”
Robbie Medina, assistant to trainer Shug McGaughey (Carrumba, 2nd): “The winner was tough. The track is very speedy today. Our filly ran good.”
Jockey Javier Castellano (Carrumba, 2nd): “The winner did it very impressive. I tried to go after and put the pressure on a little bit. When I got closer, [the winner] re-upped again and took off. I couldn’t keep up. I secured my position as second-best today, and I’m proud the way she did it.”
Trainer John Servis (Mo’ Green, 3rd): “I thought she ran okay, she just got tired. I was worried about the race when I looked at it because it had no speed and then Terra Promessa got an easy lead.”
Jockey John Velazquez (Mo’ Green, 3rd): “It was a perfect trip, but she just didn’t have it.”
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