02/16/2013 5:00PM

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.

scott More than 1 year ago
Nice win for Amira's Prince too, apparently enjoying the lighter weight in NA as he has now notched three straight wins on this side of the pond, something to ponder!
Chris Butler More than 1 year ago
The middle part of a not so good day for Barry "It's All About Me" Irwin. The first part was the 8th at Parx today, a horse syndicated by Team Valor for $750,000 after breaking her maiden by 9+ lengths at Saratoga as a two year old ran 7th today in a NW2X as the 2:1 favorite. Since syndicating the horse for $750,000 Valiant Passion has earned $102,900 for the "suckers" I mean partners!!! Oh, by the way this horse has made a total of eight (8) starts since September, 2010 and is now a 5 year old!!! This horse Angegreen, another one of Barry "It's All About Me" Irwin's brilliant finds in Europe, Italy specifically, is now 0 for 4 in America. The third and final part was UN-Lucky Chappy, who is now 0 for 10 in America since Barry "It's All About Me" Irwin picked him out in Europe (Italy) again! Another TV horse that was taken to school by Johnny V! Because we all know Team Valor horses only lose when the riders don't do what they are told!!! It's not that the horses are not that good, or they are not trained up to the race properly, it's always the rider. Not too long ago, Johnny V was Team Valor's "GO TO RIDER" in North America!!! Barry "It's All About Me" Irwin you better kiss and make up with Angel Cordero, Jr., and Johnny V, because they are costing your partners a lot of money for the education he is providing!!!!
joakim muth More than 1 year ago
BuuHuu cry baby, what happened, did Barry Irwin steal some of YOUR glory time?