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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Nat A Virgin Zooms to Garnsey Victory

By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY— The filly counterpart to the Tattersalls, the Glen Garnsey Memorial, attracted two-divisions worth of sophomore filly pacers, competing for a total of $220,000 at The Red Mile on Saturday, October 4.

Nat A Virgin rode cover, and fanned to the center of the course in the stretch to fly by Gettingreadytoroll in 1:50.3.

Scott Zeron sent It Was Fascination for the lead, and she claimed it with ease. Uncontested through opening splits in :26.4 and :55.1 (:28.2), It Was Fascination was ready for pressure.

Favored Gettingreadytoroll, hesitant to challenge the leader before the half, committed to a first-over bid entering the far turn. She reached the wheel of It Was Fascination, but struggled to surpass the filly. The two battled to three-quarters, with Southwind Silence, Nat A Virgin, and Uffizi Hanover swinging off cover in 1:23.1 (:28).

Gettingreadytoroll eventually gained control from It Was Fascination, but could not compete with Nat A Virgin’s sprint. Uffizi Hanover, with gigantic strides, attempted to pass Nat A Virgin, but came a nose short in 1:50.3 (:27.2). Gettingreadytoroll held third, while Southwind Silence finished fourth.

Paying $12.40 to win in her victory over the 3/5-favorite Gettingreadytoroll, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Nat- a- tat - tat-Blissful Hall pushed her career earnings to $241,216. She’s owned by Dustin Jones Stables and William Jones, trained by R. Dustin Jones, and driven by Jody Jamieson.

“Dusty loves this filly [Nat A Virgin],” driver Jody Jamieson said. “She cut a quarter in :25 here [at Lexington] last year. I wasn’t sure how the race was going to go. Just as the gate folded away, it looked like there were a bunch of leavers, so I thought I’d try to rustle her back. She was real game, and wanted to go.”

Act Now traveled wire-to-wire in the second division of the Glen Garnsey, winning in 1:50.1.
Uncontested on the lead, Act Now set quarters of :28.1, :55.1 (:27), and 1:22.3 (:27.2). Allstar Rating rode the pocket, with Ali Blue racing third. The only challenge towards Act Now came from Allstar Rating at the eighth-pole, attempting to slingshot to the front. Yet, Act Now was stern and progressed to the finish in front, forcing Allstar Rating to settle for second, and Precocious Beauty finished third. 

Owned by Joe Davino and Patrick O’Brien, trained by Nik Drennan, and driven by Brian Sears, the Western Ideal-Cpa-Real Desire filly has earned $374,106 in her career. She paid $4.00 to win.

“He [Brian Sears] just took a shot,” trainer Nik Drennan said. “He said nobody was leaving, so he went to the front. We’ve been racing her off the back, and she hasn’t been getting it done, so we changed it up and it worked out.”

“Absolutely,” Nik Drennan also said, in regards to his filly’s tendency to come to a halt in the midst of a bid. “She really should have won her last six starts. She’s cleared, she’s opened up, and then, down by the wire, she kind of just lets the horse get her. It’s pretty frustrating.”

Live racing resumes on Sunday, October 5 with the $89,000 Allerage Filly and Mare Trot, $90,000 Allerage Filly and Mare Pace, $173,000 Allerage Open Trot, $160,500 Allerage Open Pace, $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, and the $435,000 Kentucky Futurity. Post time for closing day of 
The Red Mile’s meeting is set for 1:00pmEDT.

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