BREEDERS’ CUP START EYED FOR CONSUMER SPENDING
Klaravich Stables Inc.’s Consumer Spending will be under consideration for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) following her impressive victory in the $150,000 Selima Saturday at Laurel Park.
Trainer Chad Brown said Sunday that the 2-year-old More Than Ready filly was doing well following her second consecutive victory and first in a stakes. Out of the Scat Daddy mare Siempre Mia, she made her first two starts this summer over the grass at Saratoga.
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It was the second straight Selima win for Brown following Fluffy Socks at historic Pimlico Race Course. Fluffy Socks won the Jimmy Durante (G3) later last fall and was most recently third in the Aug. 21 Del Mar Oaks (G1).
“She’s certainly a horse with a bright future. She’s run really well in all three of her starts to date,” Brown said. “We’ll see what we do from here. The Juvenile Fillies Turf has to be considered at this point, given the way she won yesterday. We’ll see how she’s training this month.”
The one-mile Juvenile Fillies Turf will be run Nov. 5 at Del Mar. Brown has won five of the 12 editions of the race with Maram (2009), Lady Eli (2014), New Money Honey (2016), Rushing Fall (2017) and Newspaperofrecord (2018). Lady Eli in 2017 and Rushing Fall in 2020 would later be named female turf champions.
In 2019, Sharing won the Selima off a maiden victory and went on to upset the Juvenile Fillies Turf at odds of nearly 14-1 for trainer Graham Motion.
Consumer Spending, favored at 2-5 in the Selima, trailed all but one of her seven rivals through a half-mile and was still in need of room on the far turn before she was able to split horses and sprint clear in open ground, pulling away from the field even while jockey Victor Carrasco had her wrapped up nearing the wire.
“She ran well. On the turn there it didn’t look like she was doing much running at one point and I was concerned, but then she grabbed the bit again and finished strong,” Brown said. “All in all, it was an impressive performance.”