03/14/2009 11:00PM

Gozzip Girl rallies to take Herecomesthebride


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Though trainer Tom Albertrani wanted to give Gozzip Girl a brief freshening rather than run in Sunday's Grade 3 Herecomesthebride Stakes, the 3-year-old filly was sending signals for him not pass the race.

Good thing Albertrani picked up on the vibe.

Gozzip Girl proved just how much she wanted to run with a strong stretch rally along the rail under Elvis Trujillo to win the $150,000 Herecomesthebride by a half-length over Obsequious. It was three-quarters of a length back to Bluegrass Princess in third.

Dream Empress, last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies runner-up, finished a non-threatening seventh of eight as the 9-5 favorite in her first start of the year.

After Gozzip Girl finished third in an allowance race on Jan. 15 and won the Coconut Grove Stakes here on Feb. 15, Albertrani was fearful of running too often "and not have horse left for later on." But when Gozzip Girl trained so well this week, "that was my decision to run."

Though the firm turf course had been favoring runners close to the pace, Gozzip Girl was last entering the first turn under Elvis Trujillo. Oilgonewile, under Wesley Henry, set fractions of 24.40 seconds, 48.42, and 1:11.76 while being stalked by Obsequious.

Obsequious, under Edgar Prado, took the lead in upper stretch while having to go three wide, while Gozzip Girl, who went around one tiring horse on the turn, shot back to the rail for the stretch and was able to get up in the final 20 yards. Gozzip Girl, a daughter of Dynaformer owned by Farnsworth Stables, covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.25 and returned $7.60 as the second choice.

"I think this was definitely her best performance," said Albertrani, who won his eighth stakes of the year, and fifth at this meet. "She showed a great turn of foot the last time she ran, but she really had to fight a little harder this time to get up. It looked like she could go any distance; even further she probably could be effective."

Albertrani said he would point Gozzip Girl to the Grade 3, $150,000 Sands Point Stakes at Belmont on May 30.