Saturday, February 2, 2013 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, Ky., Feb. 2, 2013 – Three-year-old filly Allanah has been minding her morning lessons. After blowing turns both in races and in training, she settled into new blinkers Saturday and blew away the field in the $50,000 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes at Turfway Park.
While Stormy Exchange set the pace under pressure from Liturgy, Allanah was eighth in the nine-filly field and 10 lengths off the lead. With Norberto Arroyo signaling the move, she went after the leaders coming into the turn, circled the field, and sailed home 5 1/2 lengths the best.
Our Jenny B, the 2-1 favorite, was wide on the turn and finished second. Julmae put in a strong run to be a head back in third after losing her footing at the break and running into traffic near the end.
After fractions of :22.81, :47.18, and 1:13.92, Allanah finished the 6 1/2 furlong Cincinnati Trophy in 1:20.89.
"In her last race (a mile win at Turfway), she blew the first turn—in her first race, too, on the turf at Churchill," said winning trainer Kellyn Gorder. "So even though she won last time without blinkers, I thought it was good to add them.
"She's been a little difficult to deal with and doesn't always take care of herself. I had shipped her to Fair Grounds and was going to run her there, but she'd get herself in trouble during training, and it wasn't safe for her or the riders. She was very immature mentally. So I brought her back up to Keeneland to train in a quieter environment.
"She's a tall, rangy filly so I don't think she'll ever have a lot of early speed, but she broke better today and even though she was wide, she was wide because that's where Norberto put her, not because she was getting out. It seemed like the light bulb went on today."
"The blinkers definitely helped her," said Arroyo. "She was sharper and a little more focused. Last time when she won, when she got to the lead she sort of pulled herself up. Today she just kept going. Kellyn’s a great horseman. We've been working with her in the mornings, and he keeps making her feel better."
Gorder said he probably would bring Allanah back to Turfway for the one-mile Valdale Stakes on March 2, the next local prep for the Bourbonette Oaks (G3). "I don't label her as a sprinter just because she won this race," he said. "I think two turns is where she'll be."
Allanah went off the fourth choice at nearly 7-1 and paid $15.80, $6.40, and $4.20.
Completing the order of finish were Stormy Exchange, Smittenwithkitten, Dancing Years, Majestique, Brook's Secret, and Liturgy.
By Scat Daddy out of Star in the Corner, by Holy Bull, Allanah was bred in Kentucky by John Penn and is owned by T K Stables LLC. She now has two wins in three starts and earnings of $43,860. The Cincinnati Trophy is her first stakes win.