Bella Sofia wins Grade 2 Gallant Bloom at Belmont Park.
In her first four starts in life, Bella Sofia had been victorious three times. At her fifth start in Class 2 Gallant Bloom at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY, the 3 year old mare added to that total with an easy win over a small field of older mares and went gate to wire to bring her second rate Stake victory.
Bella Sofia took the initiative right from the start and shot with a length ahead of Lady Rocket, who was able to take second place despite stumbling during the break. The 3-year-old filly went: 22.46 for the first quarter and then: 45.40 for the half mile, her lead went three-quarters of the way into the long curve, while Lady Rocket was still second.
In the course, jockey Luis Saez gave Bella Sofia the cue. On the wire she was 3 1/2 lengths in front of Lady Rocket and completed the 6 1/2 stadiums in 1: 15.69. Lake Avenue and Don’t Call Me Mary rounded off the field.
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Bella Sofia paid $ 2.80 and $ 2.10. Lady Rocket paid $ 3.90.
“Luis [Saez] and I talked before the race and if someone else wanted the lead we’d let them go, but it’s out of the gate so quickly. The one time when we were hit [in the Jersey Girl] she stumbled badly out of the gate. I don’t think she has to be on a leash, but when you have a horse like that, you have to take advantage of it, âsaid coach Rudy Rodriguez after the race.
âShe is very special. From the first day I rode her and broke her girl here, she made me feel like she was a Class 1 winner. In the test she proved that she can really walk and today it was easy for her, âSaez told the NYRA press office after the Gallant Bloom. âShe got strong and made it easy. I had a lot of horses. “
Bred in Kentucky by Two Tone Farms, Bella Sofia is by Awesome Patriot out of the Consolidator mare Love Contract. It is owned by Michael Imperio, Medallion Racing, Sofia Soares, Vincent Scuderi and Parkland Thoroughbreds. The filly was given to the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company sale by Grassroots Training and Sales in July 2020 for two year olds and horses of racing age and was bought by Sallusto and Albina, agent, for USD 20,000. With her win at the G2 Gallant Bloom, Bella Sofia has a career profit of $ 542,600.
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