Martin Racing Stable LLC and Dan Morgan's JODY SLEW (Slew City Slew) made her first start for new trainer Bret Calhoun a winning one in the Tiffany Lass S. at Fair Grounds on January 23, and on Saturday continued progressing for her new conditioner with a hard-fought nose victory in the $141,500 Silverbulletday S. (G3) at the New Orleans venue.
Quiet Temper (Quiet American) tried to lead the field all the way home, grabbing the advantage soon after the start and posting splits of :23 4/5, :47 2/5, 1:11 3/5 and 1:38 2/5. Age of Humor (Distorted Humor), Elusive Jozi (Johannesburg) and Devil May Care (Malibu Moon) were strung out just to her outside, while jockey Miguel Mena allowed Jody Slew to settle in last. Quiet Temper appeared well on her way to the winner's circle in the lane, drawing off under Robby Albarado, but Mena was just getting busy with Jody Slew. The bay lass responded to the encouragement, running down the near 3-1 second choice to earn her spot in the gate for the March 26 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2).
"I knew there wasn't going to be as much pace pressure today, but I did not expect (Quiet Temper) to be loose," Calhoun said. "I at least thought there would be some company up front and when she was loose and going so easy I thought it was over. I was really surprised my filly was that far back; as sharp as she's been in the mornings, she's been just the opposite in the afternoons. I was afraid she might be more keen today but it ended up working out great.
"She didn't really get into the race until she got that horse in her sights. She was just kind of wide out there down the lane -- running, but not like she was bearing down -- but she got that horse in her sights and she found another gear."
"When she sees a horse in front of her, she goes," co-owner Bill Martin agreed. "She likes to run them down. If she has to do it that way we're happy to leave her alone."
"We're not used to winning exciting photos like that," co-owner Dan Morgan said. "We're usually second-best. You have to take heart medicine to watch her races."
Jody Slew wasn't given much respect in the Silverbulletday as the 8-1 fourth pick, but rewarded her faithful supporters with payouts of $18, $7 and $4 while keying the $76.40 exacta. Quiet Temper was game in defeat, returning $4 and $3.20, while it was another 10 lengths back to Age of Humor, who gave back $4.20 at 9-1 for holding Bella Medaglia (Medaglia d'Oro) by a head on the wire. The 7-1-3 trifecta totaled $427.80. Devil May Care, the 4-5 favorite, was three lengths back of Bella Medaglia, and Elusive Jozi completed the order of finish after The Rumor's True (Kafwain) was withdrawn.
Jody Slew was making her second start here for Calhoun after beginning her career under the tutelage of Larry Lay. The bay lass took three tries to break her maiden, getting the job done at Ellis Park in mid-July, then added an allowance victory to her mark next out at River Downs. She ran third in the Bassinet S. back at that track, but was no match for graded rivals when trying the Pocahontas S. (G3) two months later, winding up 10th in that Churchill Downs event. She stayed in Kentucky to finish third in the Caressing H. under the Twin Spires to complete her juvenile season, and opened up the new year with a 23-1 shocker in the Tiffany Lass, with Quiet Temper back in fifth that day. The Silverbulletday score improved her line to 9-4-0-3 and she's now earned $185,179.
Bred in Kentucky by Brandywine Farm, Jody Slew only brought $9,500 as a Keeneland September yearling. She is out of the winning Trustbuster (Housebuster), making her a half-sister to last year's Czaria H. victress Cape of Bradford (Cape Town) as well as an unnamed yearling filly by Kafwain.
Jody Slew's third dam is dual stakes queen Honest and True (Mr. Leader), third in the 1980 editions of the Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Fantasy S. (G1). Honest and True would go in the breeding shed to produce champion two-year-old filly Epitome (Summing), herself the dam of U.A.E. highweight Faltaat (Mr. Prospector), multiple Grade/Group 2 victor Essence of Dubai (Pulpit) and record-setting stakes hero Danjur (Dayjur), all three of whom are now sires.