Phillips Racing Partners’ homebred Time and Motion defeated top turf filly Catch A Glimpse by a neck Sunday’s Grade 2 Lake Placid Stakes at the Spa. The 3-year-old daughter of Tapit covered 1 1/8 furlongs in 1:48.39 under John Velazquez for trainer Jimmy Toner, turning the tables on Catch A Glimpse, who’d beaten her in the Belmont Oaks in both fillies’ last start.
“At the sixteenth-pole, I didn’t think we were getting by her [Catch a Glimpse], but she [Time and Motion] doesn’t quit,” Toner said. “Catch a Glimpse is a tough filly. I didn’t think we’d get by her but she did. Johnny [Velazquez] said she slid out a bit at the quarter pole and was able to get her traction back in the stretch. We had to be close. Johnny rode a perfect race and did everything right. We had to keep her in contention. There’s no way you’re going to make up five or six lengths on a filly like Catch a Glimpse. She hits that turn and she takes off. We knew it and Johnny knew it. You have to be able to execute it and she was able to do it.”
Catch A Glimpse broke very sharply, and as expected went straight to the lead under Florent Geroux. Previously undefeated in eight starts on the turf, Catch A Glimpse led through fractions of :23.49 and :48.58 with a 1 1/2-length advantage over My Impression, with Time and Motion tracking her from third along the inner rail. Approaching the far turn, Catch A Glimpse still held a three-quarter length advantage as Time and Motion angled out to challenge.
Time and Motion came with a sudden rush just before the straightaway, but Catch A Glimpse was able to bound away again to regain a two-length lead. However, Catch A Glimpse couldn’t maintain that momentum, and Time and Motion kept grinding away down the lane. At the sixteenth pole, Time and Motion headed Catch a Glimpse, and was able to get by the champion in the late stages to best her by a neck. Catch A Glimpse finished second on the turf for the first time in her career.
“Today, I kept her on her tail [Catch A Glimpse],” Velazquez said. “Wherever she went, I was going to keep her right on her tail. It was different story than last time when she was able to get away, but there was no rabbit in this race. The reason she spurted off a little bit is because she went to slip right at the quarter pole. It took five steps to get her back straight, but when I got her back together and she gained traction in the lane, she went away.”
Bred in Kentucky, Time and Motion is out of a multiple graded stakes-placed daughter of Kris S. The filly boasts an overall record of four wins from eight starts, with earnings of over $ 620,000.
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