Hear My Prayer rolls late to take Abundantia S. on New Year's Day
Friday, January 1, 2021
The Big Beast got his first stakes winner of 2021 on New Year's Day when Hear My Prayer took the $75,000 Abundantia S. at Gulfstream Park by 2 1/2-lengths over Victory Kingdom (AUS).

The newly-turned 4-year-old won last year's Melody of Colors S. over the same track and distance and is now 4-0-1 in eight starts and has earned $139.475. 

After breaking very sharply, Irad Ortiz, Jr. took his mount just off the pace. She tracked very fast fractions of :20.95 and :43.54 before launching a three-wide bid in mid-stretch. She rolled to the lead inside the final furlong to win going away in :55.27 on the firm turf.

“She broke good, put me right there,” Ortiz said. “She put me in a good position. I held her together and she relaxed and came back to me. She waited for the time to go, when I asked her turning for home, she responded.” 

Bred in Florida by Janet Erwin, Hear My Prayer is owned by Cara Oliver. The Big Beast finished 2020 as Florida's second-leading Second-Crop sire with nearly $1.4 million in progeny earnings. After breeding nearly 200 mares in the past two seasons, he is standing in 2021 for $4,000 live foal.

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