Warriors Reward LLC and Commonwealth New Era Racing’s Just One Time made a successful jump from the Pennsylvania Race to the Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. this Saturday. The Not This Time 4-year-old, making her first start for new coach Brad Cox, dug valiantly as a 3-2 favorite to win the Grade 2 Insider Stakes by a half-length on 3- 1 second choice Four Graces. Ridden by Joel Rosario, Just One Time covered seven furlongs on the fast main track in 1:23.81.
“She was in a state breeding program, mostly in Pennsylvania,” Cox said. “Once you get out of that environment, the water is going to get deeper on our circuit. And eventually she was able to swim on that circuit. It was a 2nd year and she managed to get it out. We schooled her She loads with quarter tampons And she’s great in the morning She obviously wasn’t great [in the gate] today. Horses can sometimes tell the difference between morning and afternoon. There’s a lot of talent out there, there’s no doubt about it. I don’t watch a lot of races here. I watch a few. And where she was on the track, it looks like a place where horses go out, wade and weary themselves in the lane. That she can stay, shows her courage, her determination and her class.
Very unstable in the starting grid, Just One Time slowed down half a pace and was in the back half of the pack on the back straight. Rosario kept the filly wide, allowing her to find her footing at her own pace, and she began to slowly move towards the leaders as she approached the far corner.
Jakarta was the fastest of the blocks, although Dance d’Oro took the lead for the first quarter mile in 22.45 seconds. Jakarta resumed their lead to score the half mile in 45.77 seconds, chased by Starship Nala around the turn.
Pointing her filly wide in the direction of the lane, Rosario allowed Just One Time to spot the favorite just as Four Graces found room to run inside. Just One Time put Jakarta away, then fought bravely to the wire to fend off Four Graces to win by half a length. Favorite Jakarta finished third, while Starship Nala finished fourth. Last year’s winner Pacific Gale placed fifth.
“As she walked home, she was reaching out and I could feel her confidence,” Rosario said. “I felt pretty good at that point that she was going to run big. With the slow break and [going wide]he was the best horse in the race.
Bred in Pennsylvania by Warrior’s Reward LLC, Just One Time is out of Speightstown mare Ida Clark. Trained in its first five starts by Michael Salvaggio, Jr., Just One Time won two state races in Pennsylvania last year. She was purchased privately after earning four of five starts in her native Pennsylvania for Warrior’s Reward breeder Donald Brown Jr.
Inside Information’s victory improves the filly’s record to five wins from six starts for earnings of nearly $300,000.
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