Forest Music hits winning note in Primonetta

April 17, 2005|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Forest Music shot to the lead, quickly assumed command and cruised to victory under a hand ride in the $50,000 Primonetta Stakes for fillies and mares at Laurel Park yesterday.

Forest Music, a grey daughter of Unbridled Song, was the overwhelming favorite in the field of nine, which included her entrymate French Jeanette. Under jockey Roberto Alvarado, the filly ran six furlongs over a fast main track in 1 minute, 10.59 seconds.

Spirited Game finished second, 8 1/2 lengths behind the winner but a half-length ahead of Gelli. French Jeannette was fourth.

"All along I had a ton of horse," Alvarado said. "She was waiting for me to let her roll. When I hit the top of the stretch, I asked her to go and she took off. She's a nice horse and pretty easy to handle."

The winner, who is trained by Mark Shuman, paid $3.

"The Primonetta came up great," Shuman said. "There was no speed to run with her, but even if there was, she's about the fastest half-mile horse in the country. We just wanted to get her a little confidence. ... She ran against a tough horse named Souris twice at Fair Grounds and Oaklawn [finishing fifth and second]. I wouldn't mind avoiding Souris the rest of the year.

"She does like the softer surfaces here in Maryland, so we'll keep her down here and see what happens."

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