OZONE PARK, N.Y.— Trainer John Terranova said New York-bred juvenile filly You’re My Girl is still under consideration for the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on November 4 at Keeneland following a game second-place effort behind Chocolate Gelato in Sunday’s Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont at the Big A.
Owned by Gatsas Stable, R.A. Hill Stable and Hidden Brook Farm, You’re My Girl set the tempo in the one-turn mile Frizette and battled willingly on the inside when confronted by Chocolate Gelato in the stretch drive, finishing one length behind the post-time favorite. She was an emphatic 14 1/2-length winner of her debut on September 2 at Saratoga Race Course when facing fellow Empire State-breds.
You’re My Girl, bred by James G. Doyle, is not Breeders’ Cup nominated, but Terranova said the stellar effort in the Frizette makes supplementing to the Juvenile Fillies a viable option.
“We’re discussing it. We’re not 100 percent certain at the moment, but we might know something in the next several days,” Terranova said. “There’s three partners on the filly so everyone has to come together. We just wanted her to come back good and healthy and she’ll lead us in the right direction. She’s come out of the race really well. Everyone is so proud of her.”
Terranova said he was very encouraged by You’re My Girl’s performance despite a challenging sloppy and sealed main track.
“She did very well and the gallop out was strong,” Terranova said. “She came back really well so we’re going to see what happens in the next few days and the boys will all figure it out together.”
Terranova is hoping to make amends when sending out Sweet Harmony for Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Matron. The daughter of Bayern was a pacesetting fifth in the Bolton Landing on August 21 at Saratoga in her most recent start, finishing 5 1/2 lengths behind impressive winner Love Reigns. Prior to the Bolton Landing, Sweet Harmony broke her maiden over the Monmouth Park turf in June before capturing the five-furlong Colleen on July 24 at the Jersey Shore oval.
“She’s done fantastic. She looks great and has been breezing really well,” Terranova said. “She won those first couple of races so easily and when she ran at Saratoga, I might have went a little too easy on her even with those two races under her belt. She got a little tired on us and let out a little bit too quick. We certainly had a nice filly chasing us in Wesley Ward’s filly Love Reigns. She seems to be atop the division at the moment, but we’re not going to see her in here. We drew a great post and we’re looking forward to it.”
Kendrick Carmouche will pick up the mount aboard Sweet Harmony, who will leave the gate from post 10 at 10-1 morning line odds in the 12-horse field. She is owned by Gatsas Stable, R.A. Hill Stable. Steven Schoenfeld and Smart Choice Stable.
Terranova added that recent first-out maiden winning 2-year-old colt Freedom Trail will likely eye stakes action in the $120,000 Awad on October 29 going 1 1/16 miles at Belmont at the Big A. The son of freshman stallion Collected was nearly 10 lengths back at the first point of call and closed gamely down the lane to win by a head at 13-1 odds.
“He’s a very nice colt. I’m looking forward to his next start which will more than likely come in the Awad,” Terranova said. “It looks like there’s limited options right now. We thought about entering the [Grade 2] Bourbon on Sunday at Keeneland, but it might have been too big of an ask at this stage. I think he’s very talented, and at the same time a bit immature.”
Bought for $150,000 at the Wavertree Stables consignment at the OBS April Sale, Freedom Trail is out of the War Front mare Freedom, whose third dam is Hall of Famer Davona Dale.
NYRA Press Office
Main photo: You’re My Girl (inside) passed by Chocolate Gelato in the G1 Frizette (Dom Napolitano)
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