Stonestreet Stable’s homebred Terra Promessa was never seriously threatened in Saturday’s Grade 3 Bayakoa, keeping her perfect record at Oaklawn intact and galloping to an easy open-lengths score. The 4-year-old daughter of Curlin, ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr., covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.18 on the fast main track for trainer Steve Asmussen.
“In both of her races this year, she’s broke very cleanly and that’s where she’s been (on the lead),” Asmussen said. “Me and Ricardo talked in the paddock about her confidence level and just to ride the race like a work, wherever that put her. We were concerned with some of the speed in the race, but didn’t want it to affect her. I thought Ricardo did a great job just riding her and not worrying about what they did.”
Terra Promessa broke sharply, but was joined by a trio including Steel Cut, Streamline and Super Saks. Santana allowed the filly to pick up the pace a bit, drawing out to a 1 1/2-length lead through a first quarter in :23.30. From there, Santana eased the filly back to cover the half-mile in :47.19, tracked by Super Saks, Steel Cut and Streamline, respectively.
As she entered the far turn, Terra Promessa began to turn it on all on her own. With no prodding from Santana, she drew her lead out to three lengths as Steel Cut took second in front of Power of Snunner along the rail. From there, Terra Promessa simply continued to extend her lead, galloping home under wraps to win by open lengths. Power of Snunner moved up the rail to be second, with Streamline re-rallying to be third. Ready to Confess was fourth.
“I am really happy to be back on that filly,” Santana said. “She is one of my best fillies and favorites. I am really happy to get a win aboard her again. Thank you to Steve (Asmussen) and the connections for the opportunity. She is a really nice filly, and been doing well in the mornings.”
Bred in Kentucky, Terra Promessa is out of the multiple stakes winner Missile Bay (Yes It’s True). She is undefeated in five starts at Oaklawn Park, and her overall record stands at six wins from nine starts, with earnings of over $ 600,000.
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