Always Shopping puts on a fire sale in the La Prevoyante (G3) Photo- Derbe Glass
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Even-money favorite Always Shopping made it look easy, winning the La Prevoyante (G3) by three lengths Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
The 51st running of the La Prevoyante for fillies and mare at 1 ½ miles on turf was the third of seven stakes on Saturday’s program that was headlined by the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) and the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1).
Always Shopping, Repole Stable’s 5-year-old homebred daughter out of Stopchargingmaria, the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner, picked up her third stakes victory in four starts since trainer Todd Pletcher added blinkers and moved her to the turf. She came to the La Prevoyante from a three-length victory in the Via Borghese Stakes on December 19 at Gulfstream Park.
Longshots Aunt Hattie and Court Return set the early pace, carrying the field of 12 through an opening half-mile in :47.63. Always Shopping was never far away under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. and had no trouble getting to the lead when asked by Ortiz. She completed the race in 2:25.38 and paid $4.00 to win.
Delta’s Kingdom was second and Iron of Reality ended up third.
$125,000 La Prevoyante (G3) Quotes
Winning owner Mike Repole (Always Shopping): “Blinkers. Back to turf. Todd does an amazing job. I kind of like to bust his chops once in a while and ask him why it took so long to put blinkers. She’s figured it out and Irad has done an amazing job with her, too.”
Winning jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. (Always Shopping): ““I got a perfect trip. I can’t complain. The filly put me in a good position. I tried to settle down and she settled down and she came back to me, and whenever I asked her she responded very well.”
Gulfstream Park Press Release