Teen Pauline makes it two straight in Ladies Handicap
By Jon Forbes | 01/25/2014 05:05 PM ET
Teen Pauline produced a carbon copy of her victory in the Affectionately by employing front-running tactics to romp by 10 ¾ lengths in the 143rd edition of the $100,000 Ladies Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.
After quickly clearing on the lead from post 1, Teen Pauline cruised through a quarter-mile in 24.34 seconds and a half in 48.46 while receiving token pressure from Flash Forward. Pulling away and in front by two lengths through three-quarters in 1:12.15, Teen Pauline extended her advantage through the stretch while receiving mild encouragement from jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Flash Forward finished 5 ¾ lengths ahead of third-place finisher Centring.
"She broke fast out of there and relaxed pretty good," said Ortiz. "When I asked, she picked it up. When she went into the first turn I grabbed and took a long hold, and I thought we had a pretty good chance. She got the distance and she's doing great."
Teen Pauline, trained by Todd Pletcher for Stonestreet Stables, also led from start when she earned her first stakes victory, the Affectionately on New Year's Day. Overall, the 4-year-old homebred daughter of Tapit has four wins in 10 starts and earnings of $241,300, including $60,000 for her Ladies' triumph.
"She looked very comfortable on the front end, so I was very happy about that. [The fractions] weren't ideal, but she seems to be improving every day," said Byron Hughes, assistant to Pletcher. "[This win] was more impressive [than the Affectionately] because of how many lengths she won by. She seemed to run a similar style; she got up front, relaxed, and looked very comfortable the whole time."
Firenze Feeling and Royal Lahaina completed the order of finish.