From gate to wire, it was LETRUSKA in the lead for trainer Fausto Gutierrez and owners St. George Stable. With jockey Jesus Castanon aboard, she broke well and took the lead, clicking off fractions of :23.66 and :48.56. MOTION EMOTION pressed the pace, but LETRUSKA was unyielding. At the top of the stretch, Castanon asked for more and LETRUSKA provided it, kicking away to take the win. They covered the 1 1/16 mile distance in 1:45.02.
UJJAYO got up for second while LADY APPLE settled for third. FIGURE IT OUT, MOTION EMOTION, JEWELED PRINCESS and SHES OUT FASTEST completed the order of finish.
Castanon had never ridden the mare before, but did watch a couple of her races to see what she was like. "I talked to her trainer, to Fausto, who really guided me through the race and that really helped out big time. I rode her with a lot of confidence and she got the job done. I never thought I was going to get caught. I knew I had plenty of horse. Once I let her out she got down to business. She wanted to keep going. She didn't want to pull up."
LETRUSKA'S record is 12-0-1 from 16 starts with $487,319 in earnings.
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