YOLANDA RUNS SECOND IN THE COTILLION (G2) / Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Yolanda B. Too finished a heartbreaking second in the shadow of the wire in the $300,000 Cotillion Handicap (G2) on October 1st at Philly Park.  Rick Violette’s assistant Melissa said, “I thought we were a winner.  She ran so hard.  She ran a winning race.  She did everything she needed to do; we just had the wire come up on the wrong stride.”  Yolanda earned $60,000 for her effort which brings her career earnings up to $148,400 in five starts.


Breaking from post four, Yolanda B. Too got away sluggishly once again, but she quickly recovered to sit fourth about two-lengths back after a quarter-mile in 23.2.  Yolanda did get floated about three to four wide on the first turn.  Yolanda remained in strong striking position sitting third two-lengths back after a half-mile in 46.4.  Yolanda looked to be losing ground on the turn as the pacesetters tried to carry their speed.  Yolanda fell three-lengths back after six furlongs in 1:11.2.  However, Yolanda kept plugging hard, and once the eventual winner got up past her, Yolanda switched leads and exploded through a small hole to draw on even terms.  She actually stuck her head in front deep in the stretch before losing the photo.


This was the first time she went around two turns and in Yolanda fashion she faced the challenge head on.  Jockey Brian Peck said, “This filly has a ton of heart.  She had to battle, and she never quit.  She has a lot of class.” This three year old filly has given us some big thrills in her young career; I can’t wait to see where she runs next.



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