Pounce Steals Herecomesthebride in Final Stride


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Pounce wins the Herecomesthebride Stakes at Gulfstream Park

Pounce  lived up to her name as she stole the $200,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (G3T) in the final strides March 2 at Gulfstream Park.

Breaking the widest of eight, Javier Castellano was content with letting the field go forward while he angled the 3-year-old daughter of Lookin At Lucky  towards the rail, entering the clubhouse turn just two paths from the inside.

Castellano never panicked as he sat last behind fractions of :23.83, :46.58, and 1:09.38. Moving in tandem with Crown Imperial  around the far turn, Pounce threaded between horses and found clear sailing on the outside down the stretch for her rally.

Tracking on the flank of grade 3 winner Life's an Audible , Pounce displayed her strong turn of foot as the two surged past favored Ozara  with a sixteenth left. Pounce continued forward as she pounced on Life's an Audible in the final jump to win by a neck, stopping the clock in 1:33.17 for the mile.

Pounce was backed at the window; bet down from a 20-1 morning line to go off at 9-1, paying $20.

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