Robert Luttrell’s homebred Promise Me Silver kept her record perfect with an eighth straight victory in taking the 60th running of the $200,000 Eight Belles (GIII) Presented by Twinspires.com for 3-year-old fillies.
Ridden by Robby Albarado, Promise Me Silver collared the pace-setting Super Saks at the head of the stretch, drew clear at the three-sixteenths pole and had more than enough to prevail by 1 ¼ lengths over Callback.
Promise Me Silver gave trainer Bret Calhoun a second consecutive victory in the race having scored with Fiftyshadesofgold last year.
Promise Me Silver, a Texas-bred daughter of Silver City out of the Macho Uno mare Uno Mas Promesa, covered the seven furlongs on a fast main track in 1:22.90. The victory was worth $112,840 and boosted Promise Me Silver’s bankroll to $432,195 with a record of 8-8-0-0.
Promise Me Silver rewarded her backers with payoffs of $12.60, $6 and $4.20. Callback, ridden by Victor Espinoza, returned $5.80 and $4.40 in finishing a diminishing head in front of Scat Means Go, who paid $13.60 to show under Joel Rosario.
It was another 6 ¼ lengths back to Mizz Money, who was fourth and followed in order by Super Saks, Taylor S, Streetheart, Lavender Chrissie, Enchanting Lady, Fancy and Flashy and Ekati’s Phaeton.
EIGHT BELLES PRESENTED BY TWINSPIRES.COM QUOTES
ROBBY ALBARADO, jockey of PROMISE ME SILVER (winner)
“I knew I had horse (around the far turn) and I knew I had a nice quality bunch behind me but when I called on her she showed me why she’s seven for seven. She’s an exceptional filly, she’s kind to be around and she’s very nice. I think she’s won at like six or seven different racetracks and that’s special in and of itself. Today was a big test for her and now she’ll go on to some bigger things, I’m sure."
BRET CALHOUN, trainer of PROMISE ME SILVER (winner)
“She’s a special filly. I can see why she was overlooked (at odds of 5-1). She had never beaten this caliber of fillies before, but we always knew she could. We will start making plans for that race (the $750,000 Acorn at a mile) on Belmont Day (June 6).”
VICTOR ESPINOZA, jockey of CALLBACK (second)
“My filly ran a big race but that one (Promise Me Silver) is really good. I thought coming out of the turn that I had a good chance to catch her but she kept going.”
JOEL ROSARIO, jockey of SCAT MEANS GO (third)
“She really closed. She really came running. I thought I was going to get second, but I just missed. I had a good trip and I have no complaints.”