Super Quick Super Speedy in Allaire DupOnt
The Eton blue and brown silks of the Whitney Stable are a familiar sight on horse racing’s biggest days and the undercard for the Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico was no exception. Their stakes-placed filly Super Quick lived up to her name in Friday’s Grade 3 Allaire DuPont Stakes, striding out to a multi-length lead out of the gate to notch a wire-to-wire victory.
Breaking from post four, the Whitney filly with jockey Florent Geroux broke cleanly and headed right to the front, while favorite Exotic West was shuffled back to last early. Super Quick immediately put two lengths between her and the field, while Click to Confirm and Frost Point were in second and third going into that first turn.
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Down the backstretch, Geroux had the Super Saver filly comfortably five lengths in front through early fractions of :23.53 for the first quarter and then :46.39 for the half-mile. Exotic West moved into fourth on the outside as the field approached the far turn, but Super Quick’s pace left too much for the favorite to do as they hit the stretch.
“I never saw anyone,” Geroux said after the race. “I took a peek at the three-eighths pole and there was already a bit of a gap between my horse and the second-place horse. When I called on her at the top of the lane, she gave me another gear.”
In the Pimlico straight, Super Quick needed no urging as she continued to put distance between her and the rest of the field, her lead 14 1/4 lengths at the wire. Exotic West moved into second in the stretch, but was too far back to threaten the Whitney filly. Frost Point was third. The final time for the 1 1/8 miles was 1:47.78 over a fast track — just a couple of ticks off Private Terms’s 1989 record of 1:47.20.
“We knew early on this morning when Johnny Ortiz’s filly [Lil Kings Princess, No. 5] scratched, we were going to have a much better shot of letting her get into her rhythm,” trainer Norm Casse said of his filly’s performance.
“Truthfully, I could not see the fractions, but it seemed like she was just rolling along. I was just letting it sink in. I thought she would run like that today and I’m glad she did. I am very proud of her.”
Super Quick is a four-year-old filly out of the Cape Town mare Quick Town. The G3 Allaire DuPoint is her first graded stakes victory after finishing third behind 2021 Kentucky Oaks winner Malathaat in the G3 Doubledogdare at Keeneland Race Course in April.
Super Quick paid $6.20, $3.40, and $2.40. The favorite Exotic West paid $3.00 and $2.10. Frost Point paid $2.10 to show. The $1 exacta paid $8.70.
Casse shared that the G3 Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs on July 2 was Super Quick’s next target.
Super Quick wins the Grade 3 Allaire DuPont with Florent Geroux aboard. Alison Janezic photo.