10/05/2014 7:00PM

Blofeld wins Futurity, as Paulassilverlining comes out on top in Matron


ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Todd Pletcher’s fabulous weekend with his 2-year-old colts continued Sunday at Belmont Park, where Blofeld overcame an uncomfortable trip to win the Grade 2, $200,000 Futurity Stakes by three-quarters of a length over Hebbronville.

Meanwhile, trainer Michelle Nevin completed a sweep of this circuit’s weekend stakes for 2-year-old fillies as Paulassilverlining made a strong outside rally in the stretch to win Sunday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Matron Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths over Skipalute.

Blofeld’s victory came one day after Pletcher won the Grade 1 Champagne at Belmont with Daredevil and the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland with Carpe Diem.

Paulassilverlining’s victory came one day after Nevin won the Grade 1 Frizette with By the Moon.

In the Futurity, Blofeld was chasing the pace-setting Cinco Charlie from the inside when things got a little tight entering the far turn and Blofeld backed himself out of there under John Velazquez.

Cinco Charlie, under Ricardo Santana Jr., kept on going on the lead, pressed to his outside by Hebbronville. But inside the sixteenth pole, with more space available to him on the rail, Blofeld re-rallied and out-finished Hebbronville to get the victory.

Blofeld, a son of Quality Road owned by Glencrest Farm and JSM Equine, covered six furlongs in 1:09.49 over a fast track and returned $4.40 as the 6-5 favorite.

“We got squeezed out of a spot near the half-mile pole,” said Velazquez, who won his fourth graded stakes in two days. “We were behind the top two horses, and he was getting a little bit intimidated, but once he got his momentum going, he came back again. I'm proud of him because they're babies. They don't get squeezed and try to come back again in the same spot. I was getting worried that he may not get there, but once he got close enough to the other horses, he got into another gear."

While Pletcher is likely to point Daredevil and Carpe Diem to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov. 1, Blofeld, now 2 for 2 in his career, is more likely to point to the Grade 2, $200,000 Nashua at Aqueduct on Nov. 2.

In the Matron, Paulassilverlining broke sharply and was second for the first few jumps. But jockey Jose Ortiz quickly took a hold of his filly, and she dropped back to sixth while Evrybdymstgetstonz set the pace, chased by the 3-5 favorite Paris Bikini.

Leaving the five-sixteenths pole, Ortiz guided Paulassilverlining to the four path, and in the stretch, she out-finished Skipalute – the same horse she beat by a nose in a maiden race Aug. 22 at Saratoga – to win going away.

Skipalute finished second by 2 3/4 lengths over Evrybdymstgetstonz, who was followed in order by Save Rock and Roll, Paris Bikini, Darling Sky, Empressive Humor, and Desert Image.

Paulassilverlining, a daughter of Ghostzapper and a half-sister to the Grade 1 winning sprinter Dads Caps, covered the six furlongs in 1:10.86 and returned $13.80 as the 5-1 third choice.  Paulassilverlining is owned by her breeder, Vincent Scuderi.

Ortiz said he had Paulassilverlining too close to the pace when she finished fourth in her debut and guided her from the pace when she won her second start.

“The second time, I sat back a little bit and let her make one run, and it worked perfectly,” Ortiz said. “My plan today was to do the same thing – to follow [Paris Bikini] – and everything worked out great. She's a great filly for sprints."

Nevin said she most likely would keep Paulassilverlining sprinting for the time being.