Out of Sight & Sophia Clear at the Spinster Wire

By Teresa Genaro

If you watched Sunday’s Juddmonte Spinster Stakes from Keeneland in Kentucky, you might have wondered what happened to Don't Tell Sophia. As favored Close Hatches led the way up the backstretch, there was no trace of the 6-year-old bay mare. She was so far back that you couldn’t see her on the screen; even her Trakus-enabled symbol, enabled by a computer chip in her saddle towel, disappeared from view.

But as the field viagra made its way into the far turn, a confident, patient Joe Rocco Jr., one of 12 jockeys to pilot Don't Tell Sophia in her 22-race career, asked the mare to go, and go she did, cruising past the field as if on a conveyor belt, launching into a third gear at the eighth pole and drawing off to win by 2 1/2 lengths for her first Grade 1 victory.

“She kind of gallops behind them and does her thing back there,” said Rocco, who was riding Don't Tell Sophia for the fourth time. “When it comes time for her to put in her run, it sure is explosive.”

The victory, a “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on Oct. 31, pushed Don't Tell Sophia’s earnings to nearly $980,000. Not bad for a mare who was purchased at auction as a yearling for $1,000.

“(She was) just a nice, big, strong filly,” said Phil Sims, who trains and co-owns her. “She had a lot of confidence when she walked into the sales ring – the kind of horse I look for. I was in the right place at the right time.”

Close Hatches saw her four-race winning streak come to an end, finishing fourth.

Don't Tell Sophia joins Close Hatches, Valiant Emilia, Iotapa, and Beholder http://24cialisitalia.com/ as horses that have won “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series races for the Distaff.

In addition to automatic entry to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, Don't Tell Sophia will have her Breeders’ Cup pre-entry and entry fees paid, along with $10,000 in travel expenses.

Horses can be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup as foals the year they’re born; they can be nominated once their racing careers have begun; and they can be nominated once they’ve become stallions. In most cases, the earlier you nominate, the lower the fees, and once nominated, horses are eligible for the Breeders’ Cup program and races for life. Nominators of horses who win Breeders’ Cup Challenge races also earn $10,000.

Sunday’s broadcast marked the conclusion of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series on NBC; the network’s next telecasts will from the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

Watch the 2014 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes replay: