My Gal Betty eyes BC berth

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - Daily Racing Form - By Alex Campbell

ETOBICOKE, On­tario – My Gal Betty recorded her first stakes vic­tory in the in­au­gu­ral Catch a Glimpse Stakes on Aug. 25 and now will seek her first graded stakes win in Sun­day’s Grade 1, $250,000 Natalma Stakes over one mile on turf for 2-year-old fil­lies at Woodbine.

The Natalma is part of the Breed­ers’ Cup Chal­lenge se­ries and of­fers the win­ner a fee­spaid berth to the Grade 1 BC Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies Turf on Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs.

My Gal Betty has crossed the line first in all three of her starts, but she was dis­qual­i­fied from the win in the My Dear Stakes two starts back on July 7.

Pur­chased for $120,000 at the Fasig-Tip­ton Oc­to­ber year­ling sale last year, trainer Roger At­tfield said My Gal Betty has shown abil­ity since she be­gan train­ing.

“When I first got her down in Florida, I thought she was go­ing to be pretty spe­cial,” he said.

My Gal Betty passed her first turf test with fly­ing col­ors in the six-fur­long Catch a Glimpse, set­tling off the pace be­fore driv­ing clear to win by 4 1/4 lengths un­der jockey Rafael Her­nan­dez. At­tfield said My Gal Betty should have no prob­lem stretch­ing out to a mile.

“I had thought she’d be turf, go­ing long,” he said. “I’m sur­prised the Point of En­try [off­spring] have shown as much speed as they have.”

KEY CON­TENDERS

My Gal Betty, by Point of En­try Last 3 Bey­ers: 74-70-62

◗ At­tfield said My Gal Betty has been train­ing well since her start in the Catch a Glimpse. She breezed six fur­longs in 1:14.60 on the turf train­ing track Sept. 8.

◗ She’ll add Lasix for the first time in the Natalma.

La Pelosa, by Dandy Man

◗ She ships from Eng­land off a run­ner-up fin­ish in a Group 2 event Aug. 11 at New­mar­ket.

◗ Her wide draw (post 13) could be a neg­a­tive, but she should have time to get into po­si­tion in this one-turn mile event.

Still­wa­ter Cove, by Qual­ity Road Last 3 Bey­ers: 80-NA-NA

◗ She trav­eled to the Royal As­cot meet­ing in June, fin­ish­ing 13th in the Group 3 Al­bany Stakes, a race where Natalma ri­val La Pelosa fin­ished sec­ond.

◗ In her first start since re­turn­ing to North Amer­ica, she won the Bolton Land­ing Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths on Aug. 15 at Saratoga, earn­ing an 80 Beyer Speed Fig­ure.

Ar­tilena, by Ar­tie Schiller Last 2 Bey­ers: 75-61

◗ She’ll make her stakes de­but in the Natalma off a dom­i­nant 11-length vic­tory Aug. 22 over seven fur­longs on Tapeta.

◗ She should have no is­sues with the sur­face switch, and breezed five fur­longs in 59.60 sec­onds on the turf train­ing track here Sept. 8.

Piv­ot­tina, by Vi­sion d’Etat

◗ One of three Euro­pean­based run­ners in the field, Piv­ot­tina ships to Woodbine off a fourth-place fin­ish in a Group 2 event at Deauville over seven fur­longs on the grass Aug. 18.

◗ Prior to that Group 2 event, she had won her ca­reer de­but and also fin­ished sec­ond in an­other stakes event.

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