BY BROCK SHERIDAN
Florida-bred Let Them Watch kept her record unblemished in winning the $65,000 Sharp Susan, her second career start at Gulfstream Park Sunday. Running off to a two-and-three-quarter-length victory against six other 2-year-old fillies going six furlongs, the bay daughter of Maximus Mischief also earned a $25,000 Florida-bred win bonus presented by the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association.
Sent to the post as the odds-on choice at 4-5, the daughter of Maximus Mischief chased frontrunning Florida-bred Avellino down the backstretch as those two finished the first quarter mile in :21.90. Just past the half-mile pole, Let Them Watch and jockey Hector Diaz Jr. began to pull away from Avellino around the turn and were well clear approaching the quarter pole. Turning for home, Florindia, Epona’s Hope, Avellino and Kiss battled for second after a half mile in 45.34 but they were no match for a tiring Let Them Watch, who won with ease and finished in 1:12.73.
Kiss, the only non-Florida-bred in the race, took second, three quarters of a length ahead of Epona’s Hope in third. Florindia, Avellino, She Has Class and Kitty’s Pretty completed the order of finish.
Let Them Watch paid $3.60 to win.
Hector Diaz Jr. – Bill Denver Equi-Photo
Trained by Mike Maker for Case Chambers, Let Them Watch was impressive in her first career start when she defeated state-bred maiden special weight fillies by six-and-a-quarter lengths going five-and-a-half furlongs on July 7 at Gulfstream, also with Diaz aboard.
Although Let Them Watch broke her maiden while leading from start to finish, Diaz said he thought her running style was more versatile.
“When I was working her, I thought she didn’t need to be on the lead,” Diaz said. “But she has so much speed, that she gets it. She got a little tired late because we moved a little early. I think she’s going to keep improving.”
Bred by Tracy Pinchin, Let Them Watch was a $55,000 purchase by Chambers at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Spring Sale where she was consigned by Randy Miles. She has now earned $97,220 in her two starts.
Let Them Watch is out of the Florida-bred mare My Rolex, by Proud Accolade. My Rolex has produced eight foals with four winners from five starters including It’s High Time, by Gone Astray, winner of the 2015 Florida Sire Stakes Desert Vixen. She has a yearling filly, Wiggle An’ Wine, by Ocala Stud stallion Awesome Slew and was bred to Journeyman Stud’s Uncle Chuck in 2023.
Let Them Watch is not eligible for the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes.