Speed Dating Stays Perfect on Turf
Speed Dating Makes it 2-2 on Turf
In her first two starts on the dirt, Speed Dating finished a respectable fourth each time. In her third start, the two-year-old daughter of Not For Love was entered in a seven furlong maiden special weight on the turf at Belmont Park. Taking the lead shortly after the start, she ran off to an eight length win and ran as though she might have a nice future on the grass. Well today she served notice that this New York bred filly is one to keep an eye on with a smashing win against open company at Aqueduct Racetrack.
In her first try against winners, the Kiaran McLaughlin trainee stalked the pace three wide all the way around the track when turning for home jockey Alan Garcia asked her for more and she gave it to him. Speed Dating took the lead approaching the eighth pole and held off her competition en route to a comfortable win.
Assistant trainer Artie Magnusson was thirlled with her performance. "Wow! what a race. She rated so well. The pacesetters were getting killed all day by the wind, and Alan (Garcia) wanted to keep our filly covered up as long as possible. She gave up some ground, but she wasn't running into the headwind. I loved the way that Alan handled her; when he asked her to run, she took off. It was an explosive turn of foot. This is the kind of filly we can have a lof of fun with."
Speed Dating has now earned over $60,000 in her first four starts.