The last time Wavell Avenue and La Verdad met, it was the pace-setting La Verdad who notched a half-length victory over the late-running Wavell Avenue in the 6 1/2-furlong Gallant Bloom at Belmont Park.
On Saturday, the added half-furlong in the seven-furlong Twin Spires Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint made all the difference.
Closing from 11th in the field of 14, Wavell Avenue caught La Verdad inside the final sixteenth of a mile and registered a 1 ¾-length victory over her rival to give trainer Chad Brown his sixth Breeders’ Cup win — but first on dirt.
“The dream trip for her is seven furlongs with pace in front of her and no trouble,” owner Michael Dubb said. “We clicked on all three cylinders today and it worked the right way. So we’re just over the moon.”
La Verdad, who had a six-race win streak snapped, was a neck ahead of third-place finisher Taris. The 3-year-old filly Cavorting, the 3-1 favorite and Grade 1 Test Stakes winner, had a wide trip from post 14 and was fourth. A 3-year-old has never won the Filly and Mare Sprint.
Judy the Beauty, the 2014 Filly and Mare Sprint winner, was bumped repeatedly and finished fifth.
Ridden by Joel Rosario, Wavell Avenue ($22) was sent off at 10-1 and covered the seven furlongs in 1:22.39 while posting her first stakes win.
OCTOBER 31, 2015
|7 Wavell Avenue||
|4 La Verdad||