Source: TDN, 10/8/17

‘TDN Rising Star’ Separationofpowers (Candy Ride {Arg}) took a major step forward from a maturity perspective, successfully stalking and pouncing en route to an authoritative victory in the GI Frizette S. at Belmont. Entering off a somewhat disappointing third-place finish as the 3-5 favorite behind Lady Ivanka (Tiz Wonderful) in the GI Spinaway S. at Saratoga Sept. 2, the bay rallied steadily into the stretch and held safe Caledonia Road (Quality Road) by four lengths. With her win, Separationofpowers earned a “Win and You’re In” berth in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Nov. 4.

“My staff deserves a lot of the credit,” winning trainer Chad Brown said. “She drew the rail in the Spinaway. She had gone wire-to-wire in her debut, so she was kind of forced. She’s always trained kind in the morning and she’s a real easy horse to be around.”

Away without incident as the favorite, the $190,000 Keeneland November weanling purchase was held up off the pace behind a quarter-mile in :23.26, but was taken into about the three path midway on the backstretch run and stalked the pace from close up through a half in :46.95. A bit deep on the turn, the Klaravich runner looked to be spinning her wheels and one-paced when drifting in a touch at the quarter pole, but Jose Ortiz got her back to the outside at the three-sixteenths and she took care of business from there.

Winning rider Jose Ortiz said the filly’s ability to settle made all the difference in Saturday’s affair.

“She broke really well and I had an opportunity to put her in the clear early and I think that was the key to win the race,” Ortiz said. “I put her in the clear and we went three-wide the whole way. We went easy.”

When asked about the juvenile’s development, Brown added, “A lot of credit goes to Nick de Meric in Ocala. Him and his team broke her and prepared her for us. She’s been a real easy horse to train since she’s come in. She learned her lessons well in Ocala.”

Separationofpowers toyed with her competition in her career debut, winning a six-furlong maiden heat at Saratoga in wire-to-wire fashion by 11 3/4 lengths July 30–a performance that earned her ‘Rising Star’ status. Entered back in the Spinaway, she engaged in a heated early pace duel with previously undefeated Pure Silver (Mission Impazible) and, despite getting the better of that foe, had nothing left late to hold off the closers.

“We’re confident [going to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies],” Brown said. “I know it’s a tough division, there’s some horses out west who look very good. This horse always gave us the impression she would be better around two turns. You look at her pedigree and you look at her physically, how much she’s grown through the course of this summer, I’m excited to get her around two turns.”

Pedigree Notes:

The 12th Grade I winner for her sire, Separationofpowers is out of a dam who is a half-sister to SW Fusa Code (Fusaichi Pegasus) and SP Black Hawk War (War Front). Second dam Lasting Code (Lost Code) was a seven-time stakes winner.

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