Jockey Jose Ortiz record a trio of stakes wins on Sunday’s card at Sam Houston Race Park, the richest of which was his victory aboard Unbridled Mo in the $ 400,000, G3 Houston Ladies Classic. A homebred for Red Oak Stable, the 4-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo made a strong three-wide move around the far turn to take the lead. The Todd Pletcher trainee refused to relinquish her lead when challenged by I’m A Chatterbox, and drew away late to win by over two lengths in a final time of 1:42.89 for the 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track at Sam Houston Race Park.
Danzatrice was quick out of the starting gate to take a slight lead over Family Tree headed into the clubhouse turn, with Steel Cut attempting to hang with the leaders in the early going. Danzatrice set a solid early pace of :23.37 and :47.55, with Family Tree keeping close tabs on her from second on the outside. Unbridled Mo and Ortiz tipped out three-wide down the backstretch, looming dangerously just off the lead. Steel Cut angled four-wide approaching the far turn, forcing I’m A Chatterbox, last early on, to make her bid nearly five-wide at the top of the turn.
Mid-way through the far turn, Unbridled Mo took over the lead by a neck as Danzatrice dropped back, leaving Family Tree trying to rally back at the rail. Steel Cut couldn’t make up any ground, but I’m A Chatterbox reached Unbridled Mo’s saddle towel nearing the head of the lane. When she felt the pressure, Unbridled Mo responded willingly, bellying down to the ground to draw away from the very accomplished older mare. I’m A Chatterbox tried to go with her, but was unable to do so, and Unbridled Mo drew away late to win by over two lengths. I’m A Chatterbox had to settle for second, with Family Tree holding third over Steel Cut.
Bred in Kentucky, Unbridled Mo is out of a winning daughter of Unbridled. The lightly-race filly has now won five of her seven career starts, her two losses coming in her first start and last out in the G3 Comely, in which she was compromised at the start. So far, Unbridled Mo has won over $ 450,000, and her owner plans to keep racing her throughout 2017.
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