Bluegrass Flag took the $100,000 New York Stallion Stakes by six lengths for her second in a row stakes win.
Bluegrass Flag, who graduated second time out Jan. 14 over the inner track, was second in the Franklin Square S. Feb. 19 before soundly beating open company by a front-running six lengths in the Mar. 25 Cicada S.
A winner of three of five and $173,220 the Bluegrass Cat sophomore filly is out of the Personal Flag broodmare No More Flags.
The dark bay filly sprinted out to the early lead and set the pace through fractions of :22.71 and :45.48. She turned back favored Noble Freud in upper stretch and sailed clear to the wire.
“This was probably the best performance of her career to date,” said winning trainer Tom Morley. “Before the race, it was interesting to see Chad [Brown]’s filly [Noble Freud] so strongly fancied, but we were confident in Bluegrass Flag’s ability to perform today.”
As for his charge’s future, Morley added, “We do think the further she goes the more she’ll enjoy the added distance and I told the owners one day perhaps I envision she could possibly be another [GI] Ballerina horse, but we’re going to take it nice and steady and let her tell us where she wants to take us. She’s been performing well and as of now we’ll point her to the seven-eighths race at Belmont Bouwerie Stakes, May 29.