Saturday, August 06, 2011
Turbulent Descent powered her way to a 3 3/4-length win in the $250,000 Test S. (G1) Aug. 6 at Saratoga. The 3-year-old filly, bred in Florida by Ocala Stud, has now won three Grade 1 events in her career: the Hollywood Starlet and Anita Oaks preceded the Test; she also won the Grade 2 Beaumont S. at Keeneland in April.
Ocala Stud consigned and sold Turbulent Descent at the OBS spring 2-year-old sale in April, 2010. The final hammer price of $160,000 went to Blinkers On Racing Stable, one of several partners who own the filly.
Sitting in fourth for the first half mile of the Test, Turbulent Descent cruised around horses while three-wide on the turn, surged to the front at the 3/16ths pole to leave the rest of the field to fight for the minor awards. The final time for the seven furlongs was 1:24.17 on a fast track.
The $150,000 winner's share of the purse pushed Turbulent Descent's career earnings to $828,350.
“She’s just absolutely – there’s not enough you can say – it’s a breathtaking race,” he said. “She’ll take on any horse out there at this distance. It puts her right to the top of the division. She’s the favorite to win the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1),” said winning trainer Mike Puype, the southern California based trainer who had never run a horse at Saratoga.
“I thought I was going to be a little bit further back, but the pace was not as fast as I thought it was going to be and that put me in the best spot,” winning jockey David Flores said. “So, I just waited; there was nobody to worry about and around the half mile I just pointed out and she started making a run. I just let her be herself.”
Puype indicated Turbulent Descent would not start again until the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint on Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.