LAUREL PARK — Kent County-bred Street Lute, beaten at the wire in the Maryland Million Lassie in her previous start, slipped through a seam on the inside around the turn and quickly separated from the field to rebound with a three-length victory in the $100,000 Smart Halo Stakes for 2-year-old fillies Nov. 14.
She lived up to her role as the 3-2 choice.
This was the second career Smart Halo win for trainer Jerry Robb (with Lake Sebago in 2014), and first for jockey Xavier Perez.
The winning time was 1 minute, 9.85 seconds.
Street Lute is a juvenile daughter of Street Magician out of a Midnight Lute mare bred by veterinarian Dr. Tom Bowman, his wife Chris Bowman and their son veterinarian Dr. Brooke Bowman of Dance Forth Farm, Chestertown.
The Lassie on Oct. 24 at Laurel, where she came up a neck short of Miss Nondescript, was the first career loss for Street Lute following a pair of wins, including a front-running five-length score in the Small Wonder Stakes on Sept. 26 at Delaware Park.
“It’s definitely a little bit of redemption. In the Maryland Million she had to chase the speed and hold off closers, and she didn’t see the horse coming or I think she might have won that race,” Robb said in a news release. “She thinks she won it, so we tell her she did.”
Street Lute rated in third in the early going Saturday as 30-1 long shot Donnybrook Girl broke running and zipped the opening quarter-mile in 21.69 seconds, pressed by recent maiden winner Be Sneaky.
Perez stayed patient and took advantage of a narrow opening midway around the turn to establish the lead, drawing clear once straightened for home.
Out of Sorts trailed the field in the early going, ranged up on the far outside and closed steadily down the center of the track for second. Be Sneaky was another length back in third.
Prodigy Doll, Swirling Dancer, Docs Seven, Donnybrook Girl and Supreme Blessing completed the order of finish.
“The instructions were to try and get a good break and see. I thought [Prodigy Doll] might go and she didn’t. You definitely don’t know what they’re going to do so you have to leave it up to the jockeys,” Robb said in the news release from Laurel Park. “He let [Donnybrook Girl] go and laid right off of her and somehow he got through. It worked out perfect.”
Robb said the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship for state-bred/sired fillies on Dec. 5 at Laurel will be the next likely target for Street Lute.