By Frank Angst
After breaking well from the outside post, grade 1 winner Separationofpowers had little trouble securing her first victory against older foes in the $250,000 Bed o’ Roses Invitational Stakes (G3) June 7 at Belmont Park.
Jockey Jose Ortiz took advantage of the good start and the classy filly quickly settled on the front end through a quarter-mile in :22.49 and a half-mile in :45.04 while pursued by Spring in the Wind, who was making her stakes debut; and Pacific Gale, who last out finished second in the Vagrancy Handicap (G3) where Separationofpowers was third.
The Vagrancy was the first start of the season for Klaravich Stables’ Separationofpowers and that 6 1/2-furlong effort May 11 at Belmont appeared to benefit her Friday. The 4-year-old daughter of Candy Ride was unchallenged through the stretch, and scored a 4 3/4-length victory. Trained by Chad Brown, Separationofpowers completed Friday’s seven-furlong test in 1:21.46 on a fast track.
“She got a lot out of her last race and she really moved forward today,” Brown said. “Jose took control early and I think that proved to be a good decision today.”
Jose Ortiz, winning jockey aboard Separationofpowers (No. 7): “She broke really well today. Last time she ran, she probably needed that race under her belt to make the difference today. I’ve ridden her for her entire career. She’s a very gutsy filly and she has a lot of heart and that’s what we’re looking for in fillies.”