10/06/2013 5:44PM

Keeneland: Emollient shows versatility in Spinster score

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Emollient comes from last under Mike Smith to win the Grade 1 Spinster on Sunday.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Emollient complemented her wire-to-wire victory in the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes here in the spring by rallying from dead last Sunday to post a 1 1/4-length score in the 58th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster at Keeneland.

Ridden by Mike Smith for trainer Bill Mott, Emollient paid $6.60 as favorite after finishing the 1 1/8-mile distance in 1:47.75 over Polytrack. Summer Applause was second, another 3 1/2 lengths before third-place finisher Wine Princess in a field of 11 fillies and mares.

Emollient not only won after radically changing her running style, but also as the only 3-year-old in the field and as the “home team,” in view of her owner-breeder, the Juddmonte Farms of Khalid bin Abdullah, being the race sponsor. She became just the fourth horse to pull the Ashland-Spinster double, following Doubledogdare (1956), Optimistic Gal (1976), and Take Charge Lady (2002).

“For some odd reason recently she’s been wanting to come from behind,” said Smith. “You’re always concerned (when last), but halfway down the backside I tested her a little and I knew we’d be okay.”

Sisterly Love led most of the way, but by the eighth pole she was beginning to tire, and here they all came, with Emollient leading the charge on the far outside.

The Spinster is a Win and You’re In race toward the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. Mott already has Besilu Stable’s Royal Delta for that race.

[BREEDERS' CUP CHALLENGE: Win and You’re In schedule and results]

“No plans at this point,” he said. “I’ll have to talk with all the bosses about it.”

Emollient, a bay filly by Empire Maker, now has won three Grade 1 races from 10 career starts, including the Ashland here and the American Oaks on the Hollywood turf in July. She earned $300,000 to take her career bankroll to $958,900.

The $2 exacta (5-9) paid $62.60; the $1 trifecta (5-9-7) returned $328; and the 10-cent superfecta (5-9-7-3) was worth $204.86.

Ontrack attendance on a dreary, rainy day was just 9,034.

Keeneland will be dark the next two days before the first five-day week of racing commences Wednesday with the Grade 3 Jessamine Stakes, a Win and You’re In race toward the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf.

mikey More than 1 year ago
Check her pp's she wins every other race.Bet on line, if i had a ticket i would have ripped it up down the back stretch.
Walter More than 1 year ago
I hope she stays in training next year, would love to see her take on the boys in the Pacific Classic at Dmr. She seems to love poly, and beside Keeneland, there limited options for big races on that surface
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
SHE Won the American Oaks on turf. I kind of would like her to take on laughing, Marketing Mix and Tiz Flirt in Bc f&m turf. Don't think she has a shot in distaff at all. Might not hit the board. To bad Dubai does not have a F&M race on synthetic but that is months away.
Jd Staton More than 1 year ago
idk. maybe a female dullahan she seems to only have her best game on poly track
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
AMERICAN OAKS Was a grade one on turf. She won. So she is not a female dullahan.
matt More than 1 year ago
Anyone notice how she switched back to her wrong lead after Mike hit her with the crop? Not always something you'd like to see.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
this horse has a really nice turn of foot! hope she stays healthy!
B More than 1 year ago
In the spring, I thought she just might turn out to be the best and most versatile 3 year old filly this year, but she runs so erratically, one never knows what to expect. If all of her races were like the Ashland, the American Oaks and today's race, Princess Sylmar would be in a contest, but alas, she is not. Too bad as I think this is the most interesting filly this year.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
She seems to run giant on Poly.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Dont Roget the grade one on turf
not impressed More than 1 year ago
Interesting on poly, total toss on dirt.
jttf More than 1 year ago
Mott's top three empire maker girls are 6 for 6 at keenland.
jttf More than 1 year ago
Empire maker strikes again. 2012 was in lingirie, in 2010, it was acoma. Mott also trains two other empire maker horses. Royal delta and mushka both were taken off of lassix at the age of 5.
matt donohue More than 1 year ago
jttf, Empire Maker's first G-1 polytrack winner at Keeneland came back in 2007. How many of you remember the Bobby Frankel trained filly Country Star? It's a shame we won't get to see too many more of his youngsters perform. Once again America's loss in the breeding shed is Japan's great gain. First Sunday Silence, then Empire Maker (2011) followed by I'll Have Another. I would not be surprised to see Japan produce a Breeders Cup winner in the next few years. Am I wrong?
Gary Camejo More than 1 year ago
What a golden hand this season for this awesome rider Mike Smith, this guy cleaned up stakes races on both coast in a weekend.. one for the history books
Ceil Rock More than 1 year ago
She loves polytrack - unfortunately, opportunities are limited. Earlier this year Bill Mott said he didn't plan on running her on the dirt again. She ran really well at Hollywood Park on the turf in July - he might opt for the Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita (depending on which Euros show up).
Ceil Rock More than 1 year ago
Sorry, I was responding to another comment about Emollient. However, how about an Eclipse award for Mike Smith this year, especially if he can add to his BC total. Nobody can match Mike Smith in quality wins for 2013.