Beso Grande, a 3-year-old filly from the first crop of Mass Media, won a hard-fought three-way battle to win her 2011 debut Feb. 17 at Gulfstream Park. The Florida-bred filly was making her first start since finishing second in the $125,000 Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies S. at Calder on Nov. 13.
The one-mile main track allowance race pitted a solid group of five sophomore fillies looking to take that next step towards stakes competition. Beso Grande was right on the pace from the outset, with no more than a length separating three front-runners for the first quarter-mile. She continued just on the outside of favorite Salty Strike, with that pair locked in a duel as they made their way into the stretch. Beso Grande began to edge clear in the final furlong and led the way to the wire a length in front in 1:38.
With the win, Beso Grande has now hit the board in all seven of her starts. All of her previous races came at Calder, where she placed in three stakes in addition to the O'Farrell. She has now earned $141,492 for her owner Half Hollow Racing, and is the second-leading earner for Mass Media. She was bred in the Sunshine State by Bruce Tallisman.
Mass Media was Florida's leading sire of 2-year-old stakes horses in 2010 and was also the third-leading first crop sire in the state. The colt Manicero led the way for his sire last year, and got 2011 off to a great start as well, taking the Pasco S. at Tampa Bay Downs on Jan. 15.
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