Bred to excel, Stonestreet Stables’ homebred Clairiere put her course on display screen Feb. 13 when she reeled in favored Travel Column to get the $300,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes Introduced by Fasig-Tipton (G2) at Fair Grounds Race Study course & Slots.
The daughter of Curlin is the initial foal out of three-time grade 1 winner Cavorting, who took the Personal Ensign Stakes (G1) and Ogden Phipps Stakes (G1) in 2016 and received the Longines Check Stakes (G1) in 2015.
Jockey Joe Talamo rode Clairiere with self confidence from write-up 1 in an 8-horse subject in the 1 1/16-mile Rachel Alexandra, allowing for 25-1 shot Off We Go to dictate a speedy tempo whilst tracking together at the again of the pack. Regardless of hitting the inside of of the gate at the start off, Clairiere recovered perfectly and saved floor as Off We Go place up fractions of :23.73 and :47.99, with even-dollars option Travel Column monitoring together in 2nd.
Vacation Column produced her transfer as 3-quarters went in 1:14.22 and took command off the turn for house, but Clairiere ranged up into competition and was primed to strike together the rail. Talamo shifted the 2-1 second choice out to operate down the favourite in the remaining sixteenth, and the Steve Asmussen trainee acquired up by a neck underneath powerful handling. The closing time was 1:45.34 on a quick keep track of.
The buy of end was done by Moon Swag, Littlestitious, Becca’s Rocket, Souper Sensational, Zoom Up, and Off We Go. Charlie’s Penny was scratched.
“I was truly rather assured the whole race,” Talamo stated. “As things would open up down the backside, she was ready to choose her spots very little by tiny. Of course the filly in entrance of us (Journey Column) was really gifted, but (Clairiere) is incredibly proficient as perfectly.”
Clairiere ($6.60) notched her 1st graded get in her third start out and period debut, coming in off a runner-up complete to Journey Column by a length in the Nov. 28 Golden Rod Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs. She broke her maiden at very first inquiring in October at the Louisville keep track of, profitable a 1 1/16-mile maiden exclusive weight by 50 % a duration. Her dam has an unnamed 2-12 months-outdated Medaglia d’Oro filly and a yearling colt by Curlin. She was reported barren on a include to Quality Road for 2021.
“What a definitely wonderful filly,” said Talamo, who picked up the mount for the initial time on the bay filly. “I viewed both equally of her replays she was really skilled her very first two starts off.”
Improving upon her earnings to $270,492 with two wins and a second from her trio of commences, Clairiere picked up 50 factors on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks with her Rachel Alexandra get. The race awarded factors on a 50-20-10-5 scale to the best four finishers towards a spot in the setting up gate for the April 30 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs. The future phase on Fair Grounds’ Road to the Kentucky Oaks is the March 20 TwinSpires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2).
“We are going to explore it with the crew and see how we’re accomplishing, but this filly has a pretty vibrant upcoming,” Asmussen reported. “Naturally (we’re) exceptionally thrilled about who she is. Third run of her existence, (she’s) just getting far better. Races going more appear like they will be right in her wheelhouse. For her to gain the Rachel Alexandra in the Stonestreet silks is incredibly unique.”
Asmussen educated Corridor of Famer Rachel Alexandra by means of her nine starts for Stonestreet and Harold McCormick. She was qualified by the 1st 10 commences of her occupation by Hal Wiggins.