In a Hurry Grabs Elusive Stakes in All Along

September 11, 2022

BALTIMORE, Md. – Given a masterful ride by jockey Forest Boyce, Stuart Janney III’s homebred filly In a Hurry slowed things down early and came running home late to turn back a bid from Grade 2 winner Plum Ali and earn her first career stakes victory in Saturday’s $100,000 All Along at historic Pimlico Race Course.

The 51st running of the 1 1/8-mile All Along on the grass was the second of four stakes worth $475,000 in purses on a 10-race program headlined by the $200,000 Baltimore-Washington International Turf Cup (G3).

Unlike her name In a Hurry was in no rush as Boyce, Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey’s go-to rider in Maryland, settled her on an uncontested lead through a quarter-mile in a leisurely 26.79 seconds and a half in 52.65 with Gladys, a full sister to Hall of Fame mare Rachel Alexandra, and even-money favorite Plum Ali giving closest chase.

“It actually all worked out pretty well. I thought there would be two horses to go with us but luckily they left us alone and we kind of had it all our way, which was nice,” Boyce said. It was the second win of the day for Boyce after capturing Race 2 on West Newton, a 6-year-old gelding bred in England by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away Sept. 8 at age 96.

“It feels great,” Boyce added, “especially with this horse because we keep knocking on the door and we hadn’t quite gotten there yet. It’s pretty special today.”

Forest Boyce aboard in a hurry after their victory. Photo by Maryland Jockey Club

In a Hurry straightened for home in command with Capital Structure (whose saddle slipped) making a bid on the far outside and Plum Ali advancing up the rail as six furlongs went in 1:17.59. In a Hurry dug in determinedly and held Plum Ali at bay to win by a half-length in 1:52.71 over a firm turf course.

In each of her three prior races, In a Hurry tracked the pace and finished third in the July 16 Big Dreyfus at Laurel Park, Aug. 15 Old Nelson at Colonial Downs and May 21 Gallorette (G3), the latter on the undercard of the 147th Preakness Stakes (G1).

“I thought [going to the lead] made whole lot of sense, particularly if it wasn’t going to be contested. She likes to get into a nice gallop, and she’ll finish. She doesn’t want to trail way behind I don’t think. This was perfect for her,” Janney said.

“We really wanted to win a stake with her, and this looked like a good spot. We’ve been close. She’s got a lot of black type, but she just hadn’t won a stake,” he added. “Obviously, Forest did a wonderful job today. I thought to myself when she was crossing the finish line that there had been any number of times when somebody else had done that to us, and it’s kind of nice to be on the better side of that.”

Lake Lucerne was a length and a half behind Plum Ali in third, a head in front of Gladys, followed by Youens and Capital Structure. Champagne Toast was scratched.

The All Along is named for the French-bred filly that won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Rothmans International, Turf Classic and Laurel’s Washington D.C. International in the span of 41 days in 1983 en route to becoming the first foreign-based horse to be voted U.S. Horse of the Year. A winner of nine races and more than $3 million in purses from 21 starts, she was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1990.

David Joseph/Maryland Jockey Club
Main Photo by Jim McCue/MJC

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