05/18/2012 2:27PM

Pimlico: Bold Affair best in Skipat

Barbara D. Livingston
Bold Affair, with Abel Castellano Jr. riding, wins the Skipat.

BALTIMORE - After moving out to launch a menacing rally on the far turn, Bold Affair proved best in the stretch to capture Friday's $100,000 Skipat Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

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Bold Affair, scored by 1 1/2 lengths over Valiant Passion, who like the winner sat off the early pace in the run down the backstretch. It was 2 1/4 lengths farther back to Afleet Lass, who managed to hold on to third over Promise Me a Cat. It's Me Mom, the even-money favorite in the field of five, finished a tired last. Romantic Cuvee and Red's Round Table were program scratches.

Bold Affair, a 4-year-old daughter of Two Punch owned and bred by Charles Reed and Mike Zanella, is trained by Howard Wolfendale and was ridden by Abel Castellano Jr. She covered the six furlongs over a fast track in 1:11.71, and paid $4.40 as the second choice in the wagering.

Contrary to the way the Skipat looked like it might unfold on paper, and to the way it was actually won, there wasn't a spirited early pace. Afleet Lass broke running, and It's Me Mom quickly moved up to engage her, but the two volleyed on the front end, each well in hand,  through a relatively moderate opening quarter in 22.97 seconds. Valiant Passion raced along in third, with Bold Affair, who broke a step slowly, behind her in fourth.

Before a half-mile in 46.10, It's Me Mom began to retreat as first Valiant Passion, and then Bold Affair to her outside, swung around to go after Afleet Lass. Afleet Lass briefly battled back, and Valiant Passion fought gamely between horses, but Bold Affair proved best while recording her third straight stakes victory. She won the Conniver in March, and the Primonetta last month, and has now won 7 of 10 career starts.