BENSALEM, Penn.— Team Valor International’s Green Up pulled the upset in the $150,000 Cathryn Sophia at Parx on August 23rd and brought her winning streak up to four in the process.
With Irad Ortiz Jr. in the irons, Green Up wasn’t in much of a hurry from the rail draw, opting to settle in 4th as the five three-year-old fillies rounded the first turn. Multiple graded stakes winner Interstatedaydream led the way, Shotgun Hottie to her outside.
Heading up the backstretch, Green Up tipped out to the three path and started to make a bid, passing a tiring Shotgun Hottie. Green Up put her nose in front at the far turn and kicked on to win by 3 ¾ lengths. The Todd Pletcher trainee ran the mile and seventy yards distance in 1:39.77.
Interstatedaydream settled for 2nd, while Morning Matcha grabbed 3rd after a rail trip.
The top three finishers paid 7.80, 2.20, and 2.10, respectively.
A daughter of Upstart, Green Up entered the Cathryn Sophia carrying a three-race winning streak, the most recent a dominant performance in the $100,000 Boiling Springs at Monmouth Park on July 3rd. Green Up broke her maiden at second asking at Gulfstream Park and followed that win up with an allowance optional claiming score at the same track.
Green Up was quite a bargain, bringing a measly $10k as a yearling at the Fasig Tipton Mid-Atlantic Eastern Fall Yearling Sale in October of 2020.
By Amber Joyce, Contributing Editor
Photo: Barbara Weidl/EQUI-PHOTO