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Big Brown Filly Blows Them Away at Belmont

October 1, 2014

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Article by Thoroughbred Daily News

Donegal Racing’s Puca (f, 2, Big Brown–Boat’s Ghost, by Silver Ghost) displayed versatility reminiscent of her GI Kentucky Derby-winning sire and blew her rivals away by 16 1/4 lengths to earn her diploma and a TDN Rising Star Wednesday afternoon at Belmont Park. Puca allowed some early traffic to clear and was a stalking fourth upon settling before tugging Junior Alvarado up into third as favored Cara Marie (Unbridled’s Song) dictated things up front. But that pacesetter had called it a day midway on the turn, and Puca, hard against the bit every step of the way, overtook I’m a Lucky Girl (Broken Vow) at the head of the lane and turned on the afterburners in the stretch under a moderate hand ride as the 5-2 third choice. Cover Up (Tapit) was a distant runner-up as the 2-1 second favorite. A debut seventh sprinting over the Saratoga main track Aug. 10, the half-sister to connections’ Grade I-placed turfer Finnegans Wake (Powerscourt {GB}) switched surfaces and stretched out for her latest, a strong-finishing third behind Sunday’s GIII Miss Grillo S. heroine Lady Eli (Divine Park) at the Spa Aug. 25. Lifetime Record: 3-1-0-1, $53,632. O-Donegal Racing. B-Jerry Crawford & Paul Pompa Jr (KY). T-William I Mott.

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