Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dame Dorothy reigns in Turnback the Alarm 'Cap



Sunday, October 26, 2014



Dame Dorothy reigns in Turnback the Alarm 'Cap



By Jenny Kellner


ELMONT, N.Y. - Dame Dorothy remained undefeated with her fourth straight victory on Sunday, taking the lead at the top of the stretch and holding on for a half-length win in the Grade 3, $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap for fillies and mares, the closing day feature at Belmont Park.


Owned by celebrity chef Bobby Flay, the 3-year-old Bernardini filly waited patiently under jockey Javier Castellano as long shot Flores Island took the field through an opening quarter mile in 24.07 seconds, with the half going in 48.17. Moved up on the turn, Dame Dorothy powered past her stablemate, Teen Pauline, at the quarter-pole and had enough left to hold off the late rallies from Catch My Drift and Toasting.


Dame Dorothy's winning time for 1 1/16 miles was 1:43.50.


"On the backside, I had to steady a little bit, and tried to angle her outside and keep her in the clear," said Castellano. "That was the key to winning the race. I've always liked her; she does things the right way."


Purchased for $390,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sales, Dame Dorothy was a half-length winner of her first race last November, and returned to win a first-level optional claimer in January at Gulfstream Park. Following a 6 ½-month layoff, she took the Malvern Rose on August 10 at Presque Isle Downs.


"She's obviously a filly we've held in high regard since her 2-year-old year," said winning trainer Todd Pletcher, who said the Grade 3, $400,000 Comely on November 29 at Aqueduct Racetrack would likely be Dame Dorothy's next start. "Bobby [Flay] has been very patient with her. We felt like we had a very talented filly and she's taken a little while to get to this point, but it's very gratifying that we have."


Sent off at 7-2, Dame Dorothy returned $9.10 for a $2 win wager and more than doubled her career earnings to $231,900 for Flay.


"Her performance was terrific," said Flay. "You never know - it was her first time against older horses. Obviously, it's late in the year, but horses like Teen Pauline and Endless Chatter are really good fillies, so for her to be able to beat them in the fashion she did today is really thrilling. We're looking forward to running her against straight 3-year-olds; it should be a good day of racing - Cigar Mile Day."


Completing the order of finish behind Catch My Drift and Toasting were Moment in Dixie, favored Tapit's World, Teen Pauline, Flores Island and Endless Chatter.


Live racing resumes at Aqueduct Racetrack on Wednesday, October 29, with a first-race post time of 1 p.m.









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