LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gainesway Stable’s Sharing grabbed the lead in upper stretch and fended off a late bid by Hendy Woods to score by 1 ¼ lengths in the 36th running of the $300,000 Edgewood Presented by Forcht Bank (GII) for 3-year-old fillies.
Trained by Graham Motion and ridden by Manny Franco, Sharing covered the mile on a Matt Winn Turf Course rated as good in 1:36.87.
Franco said of his mount: “(Sharing) has tactical speed. She broke out of there good and put me in a position where I wanted to go. After that, she knows how to get it done. She is so nice and has a really good turn of foot. She is very professional.”
With the winner’s share of $182,280, Sharing increased her earnings to $1,038,751 with a record of 7-5-1-1. It is the second graded stakes victory for Sharing who won last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (GI) at Santa Anita. Sharing is a Maryland-bred daughter of Speightstown out of the Pleasantly Perfect mare Shared Account.
“I can’t lie, I was pretty anxious about it because (Sharing) was coming off a long trip and a long break. But she’s so classy, she makes us all look good I think,” trainer Motion happily commented.
“She had a great work last weekend and Manny (Franco) gave her a perfect ride. It couldn’t have set up any better quite honestly. “I figured she probably would be (a little fresh). The last thing I said was just tell Manny to keep her settled. She hasn’t run for a while so it’s not surprising but she’s never overly anxious. She’s such a pro.
“I’m so tickled to get a race under her now because this makes it easier going forward now we’ve got this level of fitness. And I can’t say enough about working with Aron (Wellman) and Antony (Beck). I feel like we’ve called the right shots and it’s because of them, they’ve never put any pressure on me,” Graham added.
Sharing returned $3.20, $2.40 and $2.10.
Hendy Woods, ridden by John Velazquez, returned $3.40 and $2.60 and finished 2 ½ lengths in front of Lucky Betty who paid $3.60 to show under Declan Cannon.
Velazquez said of his ride, “She ran really well. She’s looking at the infield and everything. She’s not kind of settled behind the horses there. But finally she got settled on the second turn. I made a run with her. A good horse beat her today.”
Mark Casse, second-place Hendy Woods’ trainer, commented that he was very pleased with his filly.
He added, “I want to talk to (jockey) Johnny (Velazquez) because twice he checked her and fell back in the saddle. I don’t know if that cost us anything but definitely when you run against a filly like that (Sharing) and run second, there is no shame.”
It was another length back to In
who was followed in order by Pranked, Walk In Marrakesh (IRE) and Mariafoot (FR).
Photo: Sharing. Credit: Churchill Downs/Coglianese Photos