Saturday, September 26, 2009 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . September 26, 2009 . . . With champion jockey Garrett Gomez aboard, Indescribable moved into contention approaching the final turn, put the challenge to pacesetter Whirlie Bertie, and drew off in mid-stretch to win the Kentucky Cup Distaff (G3) by 3-1/2 lengths. Her time for the 1 1/16-mile Distaff was 1:42.92, just 2/5ths of a second off the track record.
"I had a perfect trip—the kind of trip jocks dream of," said Gomez, who had the outside post. "I just put her behind horses and let her settle down the backstretch. I got her in the clear at the 3/8ths pole. I asked, and she did the rest. Very easy race to ride."
Breaking from just inside the winner, Whirlie Bertie headed for the lead right out of the gate and took command before the first turn, with Bear Now close behind and Indescribable in mid-pack. As the leader approached the final turn, both Bear Now and Indescribable made their moves. Asked for run, Bear Now drew even with Whirlie Bertie at the top of the turn and put her head in front as they straightened for home, but Indescribable easily powered by both on the outside in the last half-furlong. Unforgotten closed well to finish second, leaving Whirlie Bertie half a length behind in third and Bear Now, the 8-5 favorite and the winner of this race last year, another 3/4 length back in fourth.
"That was a nice race," said trainer Bill Mott. "She looked comfortable down the backstretch. She was in the bridle and traveling nicely. It was like her race in Keeneland this spring [Doubledogdare Stakes, won by 2 1/4 lengths]. With her it seems like surface is key. Seems like she's figured out that this is the surface she likes. She was confusing this summer because she was running subpar races but training better than she ever had. The Spinster [Stakes at Keeneland] is definitely a race we'll consider."
Indescribable was sent off the 2-1 second choice and returned $6.20, $3.60, and $2.80.
Fifth and following were Irish Ridge, French Kiss, Ms. Margaret H., and Madly. Dreaming of Liz and Adhsilver scratched.
A 5-year-old daughter of Pleasant Tap, Indescribable now has 7 wins, 1 second, and 5 thirds from 22 lifetime starts for earnings of $474,492. She was bred and is owned by Courtlandt Farms.