Lear's Princess remains undefeated
It's not how you start but how you finish. No truer words were ever spoken than with Lear's Princess at Belmont Park this afternoon. Making her first start against winners and trying both the turf and two turns for the first time, Lear's Princess broke awkwardly and ran very greenly for the first hundred yards. Jockey Garrett Gomez tried to get her to settle quickly, but Lear's Princess was switching leads and throwing her head around for the first hundred yards. She came back to hand nicely for Gomez after about a sixteenth of a mile sitting near the back of the back early. As lone speed rumbled along on the front end, Lear's Princess remained reserved near the back of the pack. Lear's Princess remained in seventh after six furlongs, but when Garrett Gomez asked Lear's Princess to run she launched a ferocious six wide rally on the turn. As she gobbled up ground in the stretch, Lear's Princess inhaled the field eventually collaring the pacesetter at the sixteenth pole and drawing off with the utmost authority to win by nearly four-lengths while drawing away.
Garrett Gomez said, "I thought I really might be in trouble early. My filly was switching leads every couple jumps, and I thought she might not be taking to the turf at all. Then, she came back to me really nicely, and I could feel she was moving comfortably. She made a nice move in her first race, so I wanted to wait to let her roll. When I asked her she exploded. I had to go wide, but I was sitting on a rocket. She really took off. I just tried to keep her about her business."
Kiaran McLaughlin said, "I think it's safe to say that this filly might have a little bit of talent. She's doing this all on her own right now. She's still learning how to be a real racehorse. Imagine what she'll look like when she actually puts a race together from start to finish. She has an unbelievable turn of foot. We will have a lot of fun with her."
Lear's Princess' victory was one of the most authoritative scores you will see especially for a filly making only her second career start. Our three-year-old daughter of Lear Fan has now scored on the Polytrack and the turf in her two career starts. She has earned $58,780 in her two career starts.