Acorn Recap/Top 5 3-Year-Old Fillies
Guarana was great in the 2019 Acorn Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park on Saturday, June 8, 2019. She was my solid second choice, and she sure made short work of this field. She was not facing any slouches either. The bettors made her the favorite over Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Serengeti Empress, and they obviously backed the right horse.
There was a strong inside bias at Belmont Park on Saturday, and early speed and the inside post made Serengeti Empress a viable win candidate. Despite all of those advantages, the Oaks winner could not hold off the onslaught of Guarana. The latter raced on the good part of the racetrack behind contested fractions, and she cruised up to the aforementioned front runner and went right on by. She increased her winning margin throughout the stretch, and was a good six lengths in front when all was said and done.
Serengeti Empress finished a clear 2nd in a solid effort, but I will play against her next time. She had every advantage but did not come close to the winner. Jeltrin rode the good inside before rallying wide to nip Ce Ce for the show, but I thought the latter ran a much better race. The California shipper was my top choice and basically lost this race at the post draw. She was probably not going to beat Guarana anyway, but stalking wide was a recipe for failure at Big Sandy on this day. I believe that she completes the exacta on any other day, and I would definitely play her back next time.
As for the winner, she might be the leader of the 3-year-old filly division after this performance. She is now 2-for-2 for trainer Chad Brown, with a combined winning margin of 20-lengths! The daughter of Ghostzapper, out of a Distorted Humor mare, is bred to handle two turns, and the sky is the limit.
Jarrod Horak’s Fabulous Five Sophomore Fillies (6-9-19)
#1 – GUARANA – Romped in both starts and was sensational in Acorn (G1).
#2 – POINT OF HONOR – Black-Eyed Susan (G2) winner can run all day.
#3 – CHAMPAGNE ANYONE – Got no pace help in Ky. Oaks (G1). Can route or sprint and returned to work tab June 7.
#4 – DUNBAR ROAD – Guarana’s stablemate easily won allowance at Belmont May 30.
#5 – CE CE – Better than appears 4th in Acorn (G1). I expect her to run much better next time.