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Ullapool, Ortiz complete hat trick in Garland of Roses

By Jon Forbes | 12/07/2013 05:27 PM ET
PHOTO/Chelsea Durand

Ullapool won her third straight race and remained unbeaten in 2013 by using front-running tactics to take the $100,000 Garland of Roses by two lengths over Delightful Quality on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Backed as the 3-2 favorite in the six-furlong race for fillies and mares, Ullapool claimed the lead in the opening sixteenth of a mile and led by 1 ½ lengths through an opening quarter-mile in 22.36 seconds over the muddy, harrowed main track.

Ullapool, a 4-year-old, widened the advantage to two lengths as she ran a half-mile in 46.14, and maintained that margin in the stretch as Delightful Quality chased in second. It was an additional three-quarters of a length back to Baby J in third.

"[I had instructions] to try to put her on the lead," said winning jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. "My horse relaxed pretty good, and she just picked it up, as you saw, at the quarter pole. I was just a passenger."

Ullapool's victory in the Garland of Roses completed a sweep of races 6-8 for Ortiz. The $2 Pick 6 returned $78.50. The final time for the Garland of Roses was 1:11.03, with a $2 win mutuel paying $5.

Trainer Eddie Kenneally owns Ullapool in partnership with Marc Detampel, and the duo claimed the gray daughter of Langfuhr for $25,000 in May 2012 at Belmont. Since then, she has won three of five starts.

After taking an entry-level allowance by 3 ¾ lengths in September 2012 at Belmont Park, Ullapool went to the sidelines for more than a year before returning to take a Belmont optional claimer by 4 ¼ lengths on October 17.

"She had been laid off a little while," said Leonard Dunne, assistant to Kenneally. "She was in the [restricted Chip overnight stakes on November 6 at Aqueduct] and she got sick, and we had to scratch her. This came up a little tougher, but the plan worked out good.

Overall, Ullapool is 6-1-0 in 13 starts and has earned $271,911, including $60,000 for her Garland of Roses triumph.

"Eddie had mentioned the Florida Millions [as a possibility for her next start]," said Dunne. "She's a Florida-bred, but now that she has won a stake at Aqueduct I'll be lobbying to keep her here, of course. She likes Belmont and trains well there. She's happy and she's fit, so we'll see what the boss draws up next."

Miss Mischief finished fourth and was followed home by My Wandy's Girl and Crespano. Conkate was scratched.