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March 07, 2005 · By · Share

Ellieonthemarch scored a game wire to wire victory on March 7th in the "three other than" allowance going a mile and a half on the turf at Gulfstream Park.

Rick Violette said, "This filly can just go all day.  She could be a top class runner at the longer distances.  She went the last quarter-mile in 23.3 which is absolutely incredible after leading all the way around, so she wasn't tiring.  She was not going to let them get by her.  She can be on the lead or rate.  It doesn't matter.  She seems to just be getting better, and she's as game as they come.  She just won't let them by her."

Breaking from post seven, Ellieonthemarch got away sharply and showed early speed under jockey Cornelio Velasquez.  Velasquez quickly took a tight hold of her as none of the fillies showed much initiative early as Ellie lead by a length after a quarter-mile in a dawdling 26 flat.  Velasquez kept Ellie on the outside of the other pacesetter allowing her to relax.  Ellie alternated the lead with the other pacesetter sitting a half-length back after a half-mile in a tepid 52 flat.  Ellie remained on even terms through six furlongs in 1:17.1.  Ellie regained a head advantage after a mile in 1:42 flat, and the running then really began to pick up.  Ellie really began to lengthen stride through the turn cutting a mile and a quarter in 2:05.1.  Velasquez set her down for the drive as the other pacesetter began retreating through the field.  Velasquez kept after Ellie as she was challenged by virtually the entire field at one point or another through the length of the stretch.  Ellie was unwavering and did not allow anyone to pass her as she gutted out a neck victory.  The running time for the mile and a half was 2:29 flat.

Ellieonthemarch earned $22,200 for the race and pushed her career earnings over $98,000 from only ten career starts.

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