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Precieuse, Cambier Parc, Holy Helena justify favoritism at G

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Precieuse and jockey Javier Castellano win the Honey Fox Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park on March 2, 2019 (c) Adam Coglianese Photography/Leslie Martin

Gulfstream Park offered a smorgasbord of turf stakes on Saturday’s Fountain of Youth (G2) undercard, three featuring the filly and mare division. Favorites swept all three, two for trainer Chad Brown.

Peter Brant’s Precieuse had a class edge in the $150,000 Honey Fox (G3), as the winner of the 2017 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) (G1), and needed every bit of it on ground that might have been plenty firm enough for her.

Making just her second stateside start, Precieuse has raced only once in the past 20 months. That was the August 4 De La Rose at Saratoga, where she was just nailed by her smart stablemate Uni.

The comebacker was dispatched as the even-money favorite with Javier Castellano, who saved ground as long as prudent from her rail post. Held up well off the honest tempo set by La Signare through fractions of :23.51, :46.51, and 1:10.12, Precieuse tipped out entering the far turn and began to improve her position.

Meanwhile, the rail-skimming Valedictorian gained on the flagging La Signare, angled out, and drove past. Precieuse worked into her way into contention wider out and kept on finding for the length of the stretch. Finally subduing Valedictorian by a half-length, the European import completed the mile in 1:34.14.

Valedictorian, who was spotting Precieuse six pounds as the 123-pound co-highweight, had three-quarters of a length to spare over fast-finishing Bellavais, the other co-highweight. Hogans Holiday went last to fourth. Next came Fire Key, La Signare, Conquest Hardcandy, Dolce Lili, Scotty’s Model, and Valentine Wish.

Precieuse sports a mark of 9-3-5-0, $485,214. Originally trained by Fabrice Chappet in France, the daughter of Tamayuz scored both of her wins on very soft going, a Fontainebleau maiden and the Pouliches as a 33-1 surprise. She also finished second in the Prix Sigy (G3), Prix Yacowlef, and Prix Zeddaan.

Bred by Knocktoran Stud in Ireland, Precieuse was produced by the Group 3-placed Pivotal mare Zut Alors, who is also responsible for Group 3-placed Peut Etre and stakes-placed Baccarat. Zut Alors is herself a half to Group 2-winning Italian co-highweight Combat Zone and Group 3 victors Scottish and Royal Empire.

Cambier Parc captures the Herecomesthebride Stakes (G3) with jockey Jose Ortiz aboard at Gulfstream Park on March 2, 2019 (c) Adam Coglianese Photography

OXO Equine’s Cambier Parc, the $1.25 million daughter of Medaglia d’Oro and Canadian Horse of the Year Sealy Hill, captured her stakes debut in the $150,000 Herecomesthebride (G3) for sophomores. The market correctly identified her as the pick of the Brown trio, and the 4-5 favorite benefited from a tactically astute ride by Jose Ortiz.

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