July 15, 2023
2022 Adelphi private purchase, Community Adjusted, earned her first career stakes placing (3rd) in today's Big Dreyfus Stakes at Laurel Park. Congrats to her partners! A summary of the race courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club and a race replay follows:
David Joseph/Maryland Jockey Club
LAUREL, Md.— Catherine Parke and Augustin Stable’s Grade 3 winner Sparkle Blue, given a patient ride from jockey Jorge Ruiz, found room at the top of the stretch to split horses and go on to a popular 2 ¼-length victory in the $100,000 Big Dreyfus.
It was the first win in three starts this year for 6-5 favorite Sparkle Blue ($4.40), who covered 1 1/8 miles over an Exceller turf course rated good in 1:49.29 for her fifth career win and third in a stakes following the Valley View (G3) at Keeneland and Delaware Park’s Christiana last year.
Sparkle Blue launched her 4-year-old campaign running sixth in the 1 1/8-mile Modesty (G3) May 5 at Churchill Downs, where she returned to be third in the 1 ½-mile Keertana May 27 in her most recent start.
“I think she really liked the course here today,” trainer Graham Motion said. “It had a little give in it. It was very firm at Churchill both times she ran.”
It was 40-1 long shot Lady Puchi that took the field through splits of 24.88 seconds, 50.30 and 1:13.96 tracked by Community Adjusted and multiple stakes winner Coconut Cake, wheeling back two weeks after her victory in Laurel’s Jameela. Ruiz settled Sparkle Blue between horses in fourth and remained behind horses leaving the far turn before finding space and giving the filly her cue, opening up once straightened for home.
Two-time graded-stakes placed Atomic Blonde trailed the field for six furlongs but was able to weave through traffic in the stretch to get up for second, 1 ½ lengths ahead of Community Adjusted. They were followed by Candy Light, Lady Puchi, Coconut Cake and Deciding Vote. Cupid’s Strike was scratched.
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