Unlimited Budget made the most of just her second career start in the Grade 2 Demoiselle Saturday at Aqueduct, going gate to wire to cover the nine furlongs in 1:52.16 en route to a 1 1/4-length victory. Ocala Stud is the breeder of the 2-year-old Street Sense filly, as well as consigning and selling her at the OBS 2-year-old Select Sale in March.
Leaving the gate quickly under Hall of Famer John Velazquez, Unlimited Budget grabbed the lead and rolled through fractions of 24.36, 48.73 and 1:13.05 while running well off the rail with her rivals giving futile pursuit. Challenged on the far turn by 4-5 favorite Emollient,
Unlimited Budget began edging away once she straightened for home and crossed the wire with energy in reserve.
The Demoiselle win came just 15 days after having scored a 9 ½-length maiden victory, also at Aqueduct.
“You’re always concerned running back a little quick, but she seemed to bounce out of the race pretty well, physically and mentally,” said trainer Todd Pletcher of Unlimited Budget. “She did everything right, never seemed to turn a hair, and came back with a really good work the other day. We felt it was a calculated risk. For only her second start, it was a big effort.”
“We’ll take her down to Florida and won’t race her until February, give her all the time she needs, and get her ready for a nice 3-year-old campaign,” said Mike Repole, Unlimited Budget's owner.
Repole was the high bidder on the Florida-bred filly at OBS, signing the ticket for $475,000, which would be the fifth highest price of the sale.
Unlimited Budget is the third 2-year-old stakes winner out of Unlimited Pleasure, who has already produced 2008 Schuylerville S. (G3) winner Jardin and 2005 Flash S. winner Beacon Shine. Stakes-placed Unlimited Pleasure is a half-sister to Grade 1 Super Derby victor Outofthebox.