Notes & Quotes From the G3 Marshua’s River Stakes: Bellavais

Gulfstream Park

Trainer Todd Pletcher (Bellavais): “I think a couple things about the last race. Unfortunately it rained that day and she had just coming off running a mile in 1:33 at Belmont on firm ground and I think they ran a mile in 1:39 that day to give you an idea how soft the inside course was.”

“She came back and I loved the way she was training coming into the race. She drew the rail and Javier’s plan was to try to save ground and maybe tip out at some point, but a hole opened and she shot through like a star.”

“We’ll probably look at possibly running back here one more time before the meet’s over. I think firm ground is key, plus she got in a little trouble last time and got bounced off the rail and that didn’t help. I still think she’s classy enough that she’ll try on any ground but she prefers it firm.”

Jockey Javier Castellano (Bellavais): “I had a perfect trip, dream trip. Unfortunately, I had a little trouble with her last time and tried to split horses and cut the corner and it was tight, I tried to anticipate and it cost me the race. Today, I thought the extra distance was going to help her a little bit. It worked out great. There was a lot of speed in the race. It folded and I was saving all the ground. Before the race I thought the horse might be better on the outside but the hole opened and those kinds of things you just have to use your best judgement and it worked out great today.”

Winning Owner: Bortolazzo Stable LLC
Winning Margin: 3 ½ lengths
Winning Time: 1:41.98

She is very naturally quick and that helps her cause a great deal,” Amoss added. “Certainly this racetrack helped her cause…having said that, I think that was a really good performance by a filly that a lot of people questioned whether she legitimately wanted to go a lot of ground…she took it to them today right out of the gate and it was fun to watch.”

Tom Amoss, The trainer of Serengeti Empress

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