Darley doubles at Keeneland with homebred fillies
Darley Stable scored a double on Sunday with two homebred fillies in identical Maiden Special Weight races for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/8 miles on Keeneland's polytrack. Say You Will (IRE) took the second race by 1 3/4 lengths under jockey Corey Nakatani and later Marietta won the 5th race under jockey Fernando Jara by 4 3/4 lengths.
Say You Will (IRE) was making her third start as she came from far off the pace after racing in last place through the half-mile pole in the field of ten. Nakatani gave a patient ride on the filly and the pair circled the field very wide on the far turn, inhaling the competition down the stretch. The A.P. Indy bay has made steady improvement with each race after finishing 4th and 2nd in her first two starts this year going 6 1/2 furlongs. Her late running style suited the longer distance today and she had no problem getting the job done.
Marietta has been knocking on the door since last November, improving as she stretched out, and she put together a very impressive race today. Going off as the 2 to 1 favorite, the Machiavellian filly broke alertly and settled close to the pace, staying six wide throughout. Jara had her under a tight hold until the top of the stretch when he needed only to relax his hold a bit and the filly accelerated through the stretch under a hand ride, widening her margin to 4 3/4 easy lengths at the wire.
"Both fillies were very impressive today," said trainer Eoin Harty. "They have both been training well since their arrival in Kentucky. They have worked well over Keeneland's polytrack. Marietta had a particularly good workout in her last work and I was quite confident going into both races."
Say You Will (IRE) is by A.P. Indy out of the Seeking the Gold mare Saytarra. She was bred in Ireland by Gainsborough Stud Management, a subsidiary of Darley. Marietta is by Machiavellian out of the Deputy Minister mare Minister Wife. She was bred in Kentucky by Darley.
"The two fillies have really blossomed after arriving in Kentucky and eating some of that blue grass," said Harty.