Notes & Quotes From the KY Downs’ Ladies Turf: Ms Bad Behavior

(Ms Bad Behavior ships from California to win the KY Downs’ Ladies Turf / Coady Photography & Courtesy of KY Downs)

From the KY Downs Media Team:

Ms Bad Behavior, who failed to finish her most recent start five months ago, ran to her name at the start but was good as gold at the wire, bounding to a 1 1/2-length win to the $356,320, Grade 3 Three Chimneys Ladies Turf at Kentucky Downs on a stakes-laden Saturday card.

In her last start previous to Saturday’s winning effort, Ms Bad Behavior bore out at the start in the $200,000 Grade 2 Royal Heroine Stakes at Santa Anita, to the point that jockey Mike Smith pulled her up. At Kentucky Downs, she exhibited her bad behavior again bearing out from her outside post position, but jockey Jose Ortiz let her have her way briefly over the wide grassy track and she soon found her way to the front of the field.

Jockey Jose Ortiz — Ms Bad Behavior (1st):

“I tapped her on the shoulder right out of the gate and she got going pretty quickly,” Ortiz said. “And then when we got to the top of the hill, she put the ears up and was very relaxed going down the hill. I just let her be her, let her get comfortable. And when I asked her to go by the three-sixteenths, she just rebroke.”

Ortiz nodded and smiled when asked if he wanted to utilize her speed, based on how frontrunners had successfully fared over the course.

“Here it is up to the horse,” he said. “If they like it, you’re going to run well. Otherwise, you have no shot. Because sometimes when they go down the hill, especially, they put on the brakes a little bit. They’re not used to it.”

Assistant Trainer Aime Dollase  — Ms Bad Behavior:

Trainer Richard Baltas is now three-for-four in Kentucky Downs stakes after winning two last year.

“We gave her a little break after the last race. She had run quite a bit so she needed a well-deserved great,” said assistant trainer Aime Dollase. “She came back, she trained great, her last few works had been super. Richard had a lot of confidence in her, as did the owners, and they decided to send her out here.

“We’ve always been trying to get her to that next level because it seemed like she’d always get caught and run second. Or she’d hit the board but get there a little late in that last part. But she came back great and has been training lights out. She’s a good filly with a lot of heart and class and it showed today.”

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

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