Ready A.P. shrugged off a slow start and put on a show in her debut Thursday at Belmont Park, driving away to win by 8 1/4 lengths and earn “Rising Star” plaudits from the Thoroughbred Daily News. Trained by Christophe Clement, the New York-bred 2-year-old filly was a yearling purchase last September in Kentucky.
Poise counted for Ready A.P. and jockey Luis Saez after she was bumped and pinched back at the break, costing her 3 or 4 lengths. She jumped back into the fray quickly but was under control, cruising up to the lead at the quarter pole and powering through the stretch.
Chester and Mary Broman bred Ready A.P., who is the third TDN Rising Star for the West Point roster since late April, joining First Captain and Flightline.
West Point COO Tom Bellhouse on Fox Sports 2 After the Race: