02/16/2013 6:00PM

Gulfstream Park: Starformer affirms love of distance in The Very One

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Tom Keyser
Starformer and Edgar Prado take advantage of a perfect trip to win the Grade 3 The Very One on Saturday.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Starformer, whose career has taken off since being stretched out around three turns for the first time here last winter, posted her third Grade 3 victory and did it in style, parlaying a perfect trip into a 3 1/4-length victory over 14-1 Angegreen in Saturday’s $100,000 Very One Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Starformer ran her record to 3 for 3 at 1 3/8 miles with her win in the Very One. She also captured the 1 1/2-mile Long Island Handicap in her 2012 finale at Aqueduct.

With a red-hot Edgar Prado aboard, Starformer rated within easy distance of the pace-setting Seanchai for nearly a mile, went after the leader around the final bend, gained command entering the stretch, and after drawing clear was never seriously threatened.

Angegreen, stretching out to 11 furlongs for the first time since coming to the U.S. last summer, worked her way through horses and finished best of all to be second, three-quarters of a length in front of the 25-1 Beijoca. Kadaya, who was the tepid favorite over Starformer for much of the wagering, suffered her first setback in three North American starts when she finished fifth among a field of eight fillies and mares in the Very One.

Starformer, a homebred daughter of Dynaformer, is trained by Bill Mott for Juddmonte Farms. She completed 11 furlongs in 2:18.03 over a “good” course and paid $5.

“She had a nice trip,” said Mott. “We were one of the three horses with speed and we didn’t know how it would shake out but decided beforehand if they wanted to go, let them go. The rain we took was a little more than I’d hoped for and a little close to the race. It could always be a little slippery out there so you don’t wish for that, but she seemed to handle it well.”

Mott said if all goes well Starformer will return in the Grade 3 Orchid at 1 1/2 miles on March 30.