05/20/2017 12:53PM

Everything Lovely gets first stakes win in The Very One

Kim Pratt
Everything Lovely and jockey Javier Castellano win The Very One Stakes by one length.

BALTIMORE – Trainer Kate DeMasi has developed two nice filly-and-mare turf sprinters in recent years. Joya Real, whom she claimed in 2013, ended up winning three stakes and $450,000 before being retired last fall. Everything Lovely, who started out in 2014, broke through with an overdue first stakes victory Saturday in the $100,000 The Very One Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

Everything Lovely had finished second in stakes company four times. She was compromised by outside posts in the 2015 and 2016 Jameela and then was beaten 1 1/2 lengths or less on two other occasions.

There was no stopping Everything Lovely on Saturday. Javier Castellano put her on the early lead in the five-furlong race contested over “good” ground, and she put away the pace-pressing Eila in upper stretch. She drew well clear and then held off Sunnysammi to win by a length.

"This was a big win for us," DeMasi said. "This really helps her future as a broodmare."

DeMasi, who bases her stable at Parx Racing, said she told Castellano to "break good and go," and that's exactly what he did, using the filly's natural speed to good advantage.

"Once she broke in front, I knew she'd be tough to beat," DeMasi said.

Everything Lovely, a daughter of Pollard's Vision, paid $7.80 as the favorite in the nine-horse field. She completed the course in 57.93 seconds after setting fractions of 22.46 and 45.79.

Elusive Joni rallied from eighth to finish third, a head behind Sunnysammi and a nose before Perfect Perfection, who finished fourth as the 3-1 second choice.

Everything Lovely tired to finish 11th in last year's The Very One after setting the early pace. Joya Real was second in that race.

"Last year, we thought our best chance was with Joya Real," DeMasi said, "so we kind of had to go with Everything Lovely to help set her up."

Everything Lovely is now 6 for 20 in her career, with earnings of $321,000.