AMERICAN-BRED filly Miss Boss Lady won the $851,500 Royal Dad Trophy yesterday, rallying strongly after having been checked at the 800 metres pole to beat stablemate and 63-1 chance There Goes Justin by one-and-a-half lengths at Caymanas Park.
After recovering from her 800m hiccup which saw the filly dropped back to last, jockey Omar Walker steered her along the rails from well back in the stretch run to score a solid and gutsy win in the Restricted Stakes race for imported three-year-olds upward (NW3 and maidens) and native-bred three-year-olds.
Trained by Fitzgerald J Richards for owner Colla, Miss Boss Lady ran 1,820m on a fast track, in 1:55.2 as a 17-1 betting option.
Openly satisfied with posting the exacta in the race with his two American-bred runners, trainer Richards said: "Going into the race I thought that I had a very good chance of taking the event.
"She worked quite well in her preparation and having made an era of judgement in her previous race by fitting her with the blinkers, we went back to the Cheek Pieces and she enjoyed herself over a journey which she loves very much."
Had it not been for stablemate Miss Boss Lady, There Goes Justin, the other American-bred, ridden by claiming apprentice Shamaree Muir, would have ben unsaddled in the winner's enclosure.
Running as he likes it from in front without interference, the grey colt had th field behind from the off and was still finding extra when Miss Boss Lady came calling. But the filly was on top of her game and couldn't be stopped.
Dream Point, another American-bred filly running for only the third time and the first at this level, showed as a 6-1 bet, ridden by Richard Mitchell, with Timeforarms completing the frame at odds of 9-2 in the field of nine.
Miss Boss Lady, a three-year-old dark bay filly by Hat Trick out of Never Faulty (Faltaat) bred by Colando, Dr Andrew C, in the USA, was winning for the second time from 20 career starts and earned $464,900 as the winner's share for earnings of $1,273,600 lifetime.