The Mike Puype-trained TURBULENT DESCENT (Congrats) scored a cheeky win in Sunday's $100,000 Moccasin S. at Hollywood Park, remaining unbeaten from two starts and confirming her status as an up-and-coming juvenile filly.
After chasing the pace three wide, the 3-5 favorite smoothly took command entering the stretch and repelled Zazu (Tapit) under super-confident handling by David Flores. Turbulent Descent coasted home by 1 1/2 lengths, unextended, while touring seven furlongs in 1:23 on the Cushion Track.
"That's what happened with Zenyatta -- I won the first three like that," " said Flores, who rode the supermare early in her career.
"I don't want to say too much. She (Turbulent Descent) does what she does in a nice and easy way. She's got the talent, she pricks her ears, she gets the lead and just looks around like she's not even trying.
"Mike (Puype) said just do what is necessary and take it one race at a time. I just want to keep it simple, very simple."
"What can you say about a horse that hasn't even been asked to run two times now," Puype marveled. "She was just on a high cruising speed. Watch David down the lane, he never even moved his hands. She's got all the right ingredients to run a distance and do about anything. It was nice to watch her win, because naturally I was concerned about bringing her back in 20 days. So the game plan today was to win but not have to ask any more of her than we had to. This was just an ultimately confident ride.
"To be in the grandstand and watch this was just amazing," the trainer added. "It's not just the time; it was the way she did it. How many horses do you see in stakes company do stuff like this? Without a doubt she's right up there with the best I've ever trained."
Turbulent Descent paid $3.40, $2.40 and $2.10. Zazu finished second by 3 1/4 lengths from Tales in Excess (Tale of the Cat), with Warren's Flyer (Doc Gus) another half-length astern in fourth. Sugarinthemorning (Candy Ride [Arg]) and Recipient (Point Given) rounded out the order of finish.
Owned by Blinkers On Racing, Dave Aurelio, Robert Butler, Joleen Coons, Lapso et al, Turbulent Descent opened her account at first asking here on October 3 during the Oak Tree meet, and she has $82,800 to her credit.
Turbulent Descent, who was bred by Ocala Stud in Florida, was purchased for $160,000 as an OBS April two-year-old. The bay is out of the unraced Forestry mare Roger's Sue. With her third dam being multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Gorgeous (Slew o' Gold), Turbulent Descent comes from the family of this year's Falmouth S. (Eng-G1) heroine Music Show (Noverre) as well as 2009 Ruffian H. (G1) and Delaware H. (G2) victress Swift Temper (Giant's Causeway). Turbulent Descent's fourth dam is Broodmare of the Year and Canadian champion Kamar (Key to the Mint).
The December 11 Hollywood Starlet S. (G1) is next on her itinerary.
"If she comes back well, the Starlet has to be the plan," Puype said. "She's worth a fortune already and would be worth a bigger fortune after a Grade 1."