Verso a Verso drew off in powerful fashion to roll to a five length victory in Saturday's $300,000 My Dear Girl S. at Calder (VIDEO
). Undefeated in two starts, Verso a Verso is the first stakes winner by Journeyman Stud's freshman sire Circular Quay, who vaults to the top of the Florida first crop sire list, now with $295,059 in progeny earnings from his six winners that include two repeat winners.
Verso a Verso was never hurried through the early stages of the My Dear Girl, settling in fourth for the first five furlongs. Verso a Verso swooped by tiring leaders at the top of the stretch, opening up a three-length lead midway down the lane and eventually stopping the timer for the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:49.95.
“The trainer told me to just let her break and sit behind the pace,” jockey Angel Serpa said of his strategy. “And if I did that, he said she would give me everything turning for home. And that’s exactly what happened; she really responded.”
“I’m a bit surprised because she’s a second-time starter and these other horses had run a few times and some had had run good races,” Serpa added. “But my filly is good. She is still a little green, but I think she’s only going to get better and better.”
“That was a good surprise today,” winning trainer Luis Ramirez said. “When we entered her in the race, we really felt we were just taking a shot. She still has some learning to do, but I couldn’t be happier with the way she ran, and now we have plenty of options to look at ahead of us.”
Verso a Verso has now amassed earnings of $185,860 in her two starts. Bred in Florida by Journeyman and Dr. Phil Matthews, Verso a Verso is one of four winners out of the Bertrando mare Folk Art.
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