Dress the Part, a 5-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon, is now 3-for-3 at Tampa Bay Downs, after an easy score in the $50,000 Wayward Lass S. Saturday at the Oldsmar, Fla. oval.
Dress the Part, just off the early pace set by long shot Clarinda, drew away to an easy three-and-a-half-length victory from Ambusher to cover the mile-and-a-sixteenth on a fast track in 1:45.13.
Dress the Part, who was bred by Elm Tree Farm, LLC & Popatop, LLC, is owned by Glen Hill Farms and trained by Tom Proctor.
“I have been working with this filly in the morning, so I was sure the distance wouldn’t be a problem for her,” winning rider Ronnie Allen said. “She had been coming away from the field in those sprint wins. I didn’t want to use her too soon, so I was happy to be able to follow (Clarinda) into the first turn.
“The pace seemed slow so I moved her up to the leader and she relaxed nicely for me. I asked for run in the final turn, and I took a look back at the quarter pole and didn’t see anything moving up on us. But getting into the stretch, I wanted to keep her going and kept asking and she still finished with something else.”
“Horses with races over this track that have trained here have a big advantage against shippers,” Glen Hill Farm President Craig Bernick said, “and for some reason when they can win sprinting and are bred to go long, and they get a lead, they relax a little more going two turns because there is no one pressuring them.
The first-place check of $30,000 raised Dress the Part’s career bankroll to $95,690.
Dress the Part is out of the stakes-placed mare Erhu and is a full-sister to multiple Grade 2 winner Onlyforyou.
Malibu Moon, the nation's second leading sire with progeny earnings of $1.6 million, now has four stakes winners in 2014.