12/11/2016 10:07PM

Perfect Wife handles two turns in Trapeze


Perfect Wife conquered both two turns and stakes rivals in her first attempt on Sunday, when she darted to a five-length win over Torrent in the $100,000 Trapeze for 2-year-old fillies at Remington Park. It was another 1 3/4 lengths back in third to Gris Gris.

The Trapeze was the first of five stakes on the closing card of the Remington meet. The program was led by the $300,000 Springboard Mile won by Cool Arrow ($5.20). 

Perfect Wife ($7.40) took the initiative from the start in the Trapeze, setting fractions of 23.58 seconds for the opening quarter-mile, 47.74 for the half-mile, and 1:12.61 for six furlongs. She went on to cover the distance on a fast track in 1:38.37. 

“I rode her where I found her,” said winning jockey Corey Lanerie. “Whenever I said it was time to go, she took off.”

Ken McPeek trains Perfect Wife for Fern Circle Stables. The filly was making her third career start in the Trapeze. Perfect Wife won her debut in a maiden special weight at six furlongs at Keeneland in October, and then finished a troubled fourth in a first-level allowance sprint in November at Churchill Downs.

The win in the Trapeze was her two-turn and stakes debut and it also was something of a milestone for Lanerie.

“I think this is the first race I’ve ever won here,” he said.

Lanerie, who is not based at Remington, has ridden a total of 10 races at the track since 2002, when he was second in the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby with Easyfromthegitgo.

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Perfect Wife is a Kentucky-bred daughter of Majesticperfection. She earned $60,000 for her win to improve her career earnings to $99,000.

Miss Mo Kelly upsets She’s All In

Miss Mo Kelly came to Remington Park looking to enhance her credentials, and she did so with a sweeping, two-length win over Chronologic’sghost in the $100,000 She’s All In. It was the stakes debut for Miss Mo Kelly, a daughter of Congrats who was 27-1 off a fourth-place finish in an optional $62,500 claiming race at Churchill Downs.

“We were looking to get some black type on this filly,” said Paul Holthus, who trains Miss Mo Kelly for Dundalk 5.

Miss Mo Kelly ($57.80) settled off the pace as Ribbon of Darkness took the field through an opening quarter in 23.13 seconds and then was joined by Terra Promessa, who proceeded to set pressured fractions of 47.53 for the half-mile and 1:12.53 for six furlongs. Miss Mo Kelly picked up steam on the final turn, came five wide into the stretch, and rolled home to cove the mile and 70 yards in 1:42.65.

“I watched some of her races, and I knew she liked to come around horses, so that’s what I tried to do,” said winning rider Belen Quinonez.

Terra Promessa, who finished seventh, was making her first start since the Kentucky Oaks and her first start against older rivals Sunday.

* Hailstorm Slew ($27.60) rallied through the stretch for a length win over Chaparella in the $50,000 Useeit for 3-year-old fillies bred in Oklahoma. It was another 4 3/4 lengths back in third to Another Bond Girl. The winner covered the mile in 1:38.42. Israel Ocampo was aboard the daughter of Munnings for breeder, owner, and trainer C.R. Trout.