Queen Blossom ran a very strong 2nd in the Possibly Perfect Stakes this weekend. She broke very sharply in this start, which was a big concern after her last few races. Her sharp break allowed her to get into a good stalking position in 2nd place. We were hoping to be sitting in 3rd or 4th, but no one wanted to press Plein Air on the lead, so we defaulted to that position. They went to the first quarter in 23.85, and the second quarter in 23.89. Anytime the second quarter is the same or faster than the first quarter it normally favors horses coming from off the pace. Santa Anita also seemed to be favoring horses coming from off the pace in distance turf races over the weekend.
Queen Blossom stalked in second until they exited the far turn where she took over the lead. She quickened nicely, and battled the length of the stretch until she got caught the last 70 yards. Jockey, Flavien Prat, said he might have moved a little early, but he put her in the spot to win.
She seems to be very happy down at San Luis Rey, and we will keep her there. There is an 11 furlong race at Del Mar on August 15th, that is a logical spot. We are hopeful that they might write an allowance for her during the first week of Del Mar. She earned an 88 beyer in this race, which is comparable to the 89 she ran last time. If she can continue to run well I think we can look at any race in California at 10+ furlongs.