Saturday at Saratoga saw filly Havre de Grace gallop to the front of the field for Horse of the Year Eclipse honors as she took down seven males in the Woodward Stakes. The four-year-old filly became only the second female to win in the race’s 57 year history. She did so convincingly winning by 1 ¼ lengths and received a well-deserved ovation from the Saratoga fans in attendance.
Havre de Grace was running in fourth place until she began to make her move at the half mile pole. She passed the leader Rule at the mile pole and held off a late challenge by Flat Out to take the win under jockey Ramon Dominguez.
The victory marks the filly’s fourth out of her five starts this year and bumps her career earnings over $1.9 million. She paid $6.50 after going off at 2-1 odds.
Owner Rick Porter now has his eyes on the October 1st Beldame at Belmont Park where she will likely once again run against other fillies. But the big test on Havre de Grace’s horizon will be at the Breeders Cup at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. Porter is trying to decide between the Distaff and the Classic but very well may run in both.
At this point, it seems the only thing between Havre de Grace and HOY honors very well may be herself.