Coach Rudy Rodriguez doesn’t suppose he’s seen the most effective model of his strikingly chubby sprinter Bella Sofia June 10 at Belmont Park nevertheless it was nonetheless sufficient to win $279,000 in Mattress o’ Roses (G2) Shares.
On paper, class 1 winner Bella Sofia appears to be like like controllable pace within the area of solely 4 fillings and a mare in Friday’s seven-time check — and that ought to quickly be show. Bella Sofia broke by nicely from the gate underneath Luis Saez to rapidly take benefit.
Daughter of Nice patriot then remedy to register 1 / 4 mile in: 23.62 and a half mile in: 46.18 in a nicely matched area like Straightforward blessing problem making use of token stress in flip. Bella Sofia will quickly remove that opponent, opening a 1/2 lead in the course of the spherical, and with simply sufficient left to retain a formidable late rally from the first place winner. Compulsory to ensure half the successful time. She accomplished seven hooks in 1:21.36.
“I used to be a little bit frightened as a result of she typically modifications leads however not at the moment,” says Rodriguez. “I don’t know if one thing is bothering her; perhaps (we obtained her) right here too rapidly. She gained.”
Collaborating within the race, Rodriquez is worried that Bella Sofia isn’t getting sufficient time without work after a troublesome victory about 4 weeks in the past at Vagrancy Handicap (G3). Because the 123-pounder within the Could 14 race in Belmont, Bella Sofia pitted the graded multi-bet winner Frank’s Rockette by the stretch mark earlier than dominating with the nostril.
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Rodriguez was delighted with Friday’s win, however even then, he regretted sending his standout to the beginning gate at a decrease degree than her greatest.
“I believe we made a mistake, however I do know she’s only a particular horse,” stated Rodriguez, later including that with the win, he hopes the proprietor gained’t inform him when which race. “She seemed a little bit drained. I labored for Bobby Frankel and Richard Dutrow they usually at all times stated in case you have a superb horse it’s a must to deal with the horse. So I knew in my coronary heart we might Come again a little bit fast, however she’s particular.”
Obligatory, who gained the first class breakout within the Derby Metropolis Distaff Stakes introduced by Kendall-Jackson Vineyard (G1) on 7 Could at Churchill Downsunleashed a pointy end underneath Jose Ortiz regardless of making an attempt to refocus after sluggish fractions.
Coach Invoice Mott stated: “She was a sufferer of any pace situation however she ran nicely. “Our filth made an enormous race; the opposite filth was particular as nicely. With a small pitch and no different actual pace in it, the opposite filth had the sting when it comes to fight. artwork.”
Campaigned by Michael Imperio, Medallion Racing, Sofia Soares, Vincent Scuderi and Parkland Thoroughbreds, Bella Sofia earned her fourth place win. She additionally claimed final 12 months’s Gallant Bloom Handicap (G2) in opposition to older girls and a Longines Examine Wager (G1) in opposition to different 3-year-olds.
Rudy Rodriguez congratulates jockey Luis Saez after Bella Sofia’s win in The Mattress o’ Roses Stakes at Belmont Park
“She was the horse of a lifetime,” says Rodriguez. “Dream comes true.”
Raised in Kentucky by Two Tone Farms, Bella Sofia stands out Unified individual mare Love contract , who made three starters, all of which have been winners. The love contract additionally options an unlicensed 2-year-old pony named Battle Empire, by Valentine’s Day .
Bella Sofia, by far the highest earner for her males with $840,100, offered for $20,000 at Ocala Breeders ‘Gross sales’ 2020 to Sallusto & Albina, vendor. She has been commissioned by Grassroots Gross sales & Coaching.