Orbolution a Can’t ‘Miss’ Proposition

StarLadies Racing’s Orbolution (Orb) has looked a different animal with a stretch out to two turns and a switch to the turf, and the $370,000 Keeneland September purchase looks to cement her status as one of the favorites in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in Sunday’s GIII Miss Grillo S. at Belmont Park.

Third in a pair of efforts–albeit not particularly fast ones–on the main track to begin her career, Orbolution sat an ideal trip from a low draw and powered clear from her rivals to graduate by 2 1/2 lengths when trying the grass for the first time at Saratoga July 23. Taking the next logical step in the P. G. Johnson S. Aug. 31, the dark bay fell into yet another soft trip, got through in upper stretch and cruised in to score by 4 3/4 lengths.

“I thought she was very impressive in there [P.G. Johnson],” Pletcher said. “She displayed a good turn of foot and seems like both her efforts on the grass have been impressive and what we were hoping for.”

Chad Brown has won the Miss Grillo three times in the last nine years, including with Maram (Sahm), Lady Eli (Divine Park) and New Money Honey (Medaglia d’Oro), each of whom went on to succeed on Breeders’ Cup day. Significant Form (Creative Cause) is one of two maidens in the field, even if she crossed the line a decisive winner first time out, only to be disqualified for causing interference in the opening quarter-mile. A $75,000 FTKJUL yearling turned $575,000 OBS April breezer, the gray is a half-sister to last year’s GIII Commonwealth Turf S. upsetter Hay Dakota (Haynesfield).

In addition to the aforementioned winning trio, the Dale Romans-trained Tapitsfly (Tapit) was runner-up as the prohibitive favorite in the 2009 Miss Grillo before landing the Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita at close to 10-1.

Brown also saddles European import Africa (Fr) (Dabirsim {Fr}). Previously trained by Christophe Ferland, the dark bay broke her maiden against her peers first time out at La Teste in June before finishing second and third, respectively, against males at Clairefontaine the next month and most recently back at La Teste in early August. She’ll add Lasix and has the services of Javier Castellano for her stateside unveiling.

 

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