Friday, November 04, 2011
Ocala Stud bred Musical Romance came on in the final furlong for a stirring 1 1/4-length victory in the fifth running of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) Friday at Churchill Downs.
Sent off at a generous 20-1 in the field of 12, Musical Romance came away just a length off the lead for the run down the backstretch. After dropping back to fourth on the turn, she came three wide into the stretch to commence her big finish. She shifted to the rail at the furlong marker and caught fellow Ocala Stud bred Turbulent Descent to go on and finish the seven furlongs in 1:23.47.
Musical Romance is the first Breeders' Cup winner for her trainer Bill Kaplan and jockey Juan Leyva, who was riding his very first Breeders' Cup starter. Kaplan is a co-owner with the Pinnacle Racing Stable partnership managed by Adam Lazarus.
“This is the pinnacle,” said Kaplan. “She is really special. She has such speed that she puts herself wherever she needs to be.”
“This is very special race to win,” said Leyva, 27. “When I was younger, I didn’t want to be a jockey. I wanted to be a football player. But this is what I do, and I love what I do.”
Musical Romance has a neck victory in the Grade 2 Presque Isle Downs Masters and a near-miss second in the Grade 3 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland in her last two starts. With today's victory, she is racing's newest millionaire, earning $1,217,850 and a mark of 9-5-7 in 33 starts.
Musical Romance is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Vuelve Ruben M. and is by Concorde's Tune, who stood at Ocala Stud until his death earlier this year. The dark bay 4-year-old filly was part of Ocala Stud's consignment at the 2009 OBS Spring 2-year-old sale, purchased by her current owner Pinnacle Racing Stable.