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Belmont Park (June 20): Acorn Stakes G1 $300,000, 1m, dirt, 3yo fillies
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: John Velazquez
Owner: Michael Lund Petersen
Pedigree: 3yo b f Into Mischief – Peggy Jane (Kafwain)
Gamine turned heads with her stunning 18¾-length wire-to-wire romp in the Acorn on the Belmont Stakes undercard – and the clock says it was every bit as good as it looked.
Breaking from the inside post for the one-turn mile, the Bob Baffert-trained filly posted sectionals of 22.48s and 45.28s en route to a final time of 1m32.55s – the fastest in the race’s history and just 0.31s off a longstanding track record.
Times mean little without context, however, but the Beyer team gave us that: Gamine recorded a 110 Beyer number, the best of the season by any three-year-old (male or female) and only two points off the best overall, which remains the 112 by the sprinter Volatile earlier this month at Churchill Downs.
Always burdened with a sky-high reputation, Gamine was making her stakes debut as she extended her unbeaten record to three. She is now hot favourite for the rescheduled Kentucky Oaks.
Gamine’s second career victory at Oaklawn Park is still under review as she is believed to be the second Baffert-trained horse (alongside Charlatan) to have tested positive for a banned substance after winning on the Arkansas Derby card on May 2. The results of the split sample are still awaited.
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