A superb performance from jockey Brian Hernandez Junior helped see Phoenix Thoroughbreds’ Seattle Slang get off the mark with a taking victory at Fairgrounds.
The daughter of Tapit had displayed glimpses of ability in her previous three runs but showed remarkable improvement to get the job done by just over five lengths under a well-judged ride.
Breaking slowly from the gates, it looked as though Seattle Slang was struggling to keep pace with the field as she found herself with only two behind and 10 or so lengths behind the leader. Not giving in to panic Hernandez Junior allowed the Steve Asmussen trained filly to find her rhythm. Heading along the backstretch, he moved the now strongly travelling three-year-old to the rail where she started to pass horses. Cruising into the race, the winning pair found themselves in a three-way go for the lead as they came out of the turn. Slightly behind their two rivals Hernandez Junior asked his partner to squeeze in between the pair and the filly obliged. Once through the gap, it became clear there was only going to be one winner.
A graduate of the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Two-Year-Olds in training sale Seattle Slang is out of Grade One-winning mare Seattle Smooth and is a full sister to a pair of multiple winners.