Three Chimneys Farm and Walking L Thoroughbreds’ 3-year-old filly Envoutante led every step of the way in Thursday’s $200,000 Falls City (G2) at Churchill Downs, her first race against older fillies and mares.
“She was 1-for-1 at Churchill coming into this race,” said trainer Ken McPeek. “We were very confident by the way she was working in the mornings and hoping she was going to put it together in the afternoon. She’s worked against (Preakness S. winner) Swiss Skydiver and has really done well in her training.”
Envoutante wasted no time getting the lead right from the gate and had a one-length lead after the first quarter-mile in :24.25. After six furlongs in 1:13.21, she began to widen her lead easily and was up five lengths in mid-stretch, then came home officially by six lengths in 1:49.11 for the 1 1/8-miles on the fast main track. (Watch Race)
“She really kicked away from the field today and was very dominant,” said winning rider Brian Hernandez, Jr. “At the three-eighths pole I got her into the bit again and she just kicked away .”
Envoutante, who won the Remington Park Oaks (G3) on Sept. 27, is now 4-1-2 in nine starts and has earned $336,028.