(Churchill Downs release)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 21, 2014) - For the second straight year, a 2-year-old Texas-bred gray filly from the barn of trainer Bret Calhoun invaded Churchill Downs to raid the Debutante.
Last year, it was Fiftyshadesofgold, who'd go on to win this year's $200,725 Eight Belles (GIII) on Kentucky Oaks Day. On Saturday, it was Promise Me Silver's turn to shine as she put away 7-5 favorite Unbridled Reward down the stretch to win the 114th running of the $108,300 race by two lengths.
Owned and bred by Robert Luttrell, Promise Me Silver ran six furlongs over a fast track in 1:11.49 to give jockey Robby Albarado his fourth winner in the race for aspiring juvenile fillies.
Unbridled Reward broke fastest of all in the field of six and was pressed by Chicago-invader Irish Nuggets through early fractions of :22.22 and :45.93. Promise Me Silver tracked the leaders from the outside in third, moved into contention and drew even midway through the turn and spurted clear of Unbridled Reward with three-sixteenths of a mile to run en route to the convincing win.
"When I called on her to go after (Unbridled Reward) she did it very quickly," Albarado said. "She's a very talented and very smart filly."
It was another 11 ¼ lengths back to third place finisher Rousanne.
Promise Me Silver, the 2-1 second betting choice, paid $6.20, $3.20 and $2.60. Unbridled Reward, ridden by Alan Garcia, returned $3 and $2.60. Rousanne, with Shaun Bridgmohan up, paid $4.20.
Irish Nuggets, Rachel's Ready and Ol Sanish completed the order of finish.