Florida-bred startlett It’s Me Mom just won’t lose many races before she returns to the winners’ circle. The number is two to be exact. And only twice in her 18-race career has she allowed her losing streak to extend to consecutive races. She lost her first two career starts in July of 2010, finishing third and second in maiden special weight races before winning in her third try. She also failed to win in her second and third career starts in stakes company, finishing second in the 2010 Sandpiper Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs and fourth in the Grade 3 Old Hat Stakes at Gulfstream Park in January of 2011 before winning her next start.
It’s Me Mom kept that record intact as she came back from a fifth-place finish in the $100,000 Skipat Stakes at Pimlico Race Course May 18 to win the $100,000 Satin and Lace Stakes Tuesday night at Prisque Isle Downs in Erie, Pa. It was the 11th win from 18 career starts for the daughter of the stallion Put it Back, who stands at Bridlewood Farm in Ocala and pushed her career earnings to $538,800. At one point in her career, It’s Me Mom won four consecutive races, including three stakes, from October 2011 to January 2012 when she won the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint at Gulfstream Park.
Bred by by her owners Thomas and Jean M. Bosch of Holiday, Fla., It’s Me Mom broke to the outside for the second consecutive race with her regular rider Willie Martinez aboard. But unlike in the Skipat, when they were never able to establish themselves comfortably on the lead after the slow start, It’s Me Mom and Martinez recovered quickly in the Satan and Lace and were more than a length clear after the first quarter-mile of the five and one-half furlong event. While setting quick fractions of :21.54 and :44.65, It’s Me Mom extended her lead throughout while Sweet Starlet and Waccamaw tried to give chase. Sweet Starlett and Waccamaw both eventually faded, finishing fifth and tenth respectively, while It’s Me Mom went on to win by more than three lengths over Sweet Cassiopeia in second and Dr. Diamonds Prize in third. Final time for the race was 1:03.14.
Sent off as the favorite at 8-5, the Lynee Scace-trained It’s Me Mom paid $5.40 for a $2 win ticket and $4.40 to place and $4.00 to show. Sweet Cassiopeia returned $18.40 and $12.20 with Dr. Diamonds Prize paying $5.40. The $2 exacta with It’s Me Mom and Sweet Cassioeia paid $113.00.
- Photo of Florida-bred It's Me Mom by Coady