2023 Barbara Fritchie Stakes & General George Stakes Review

In the 2023 Barbara Fritchie Stakes Swayin To And Fro goes head to head on the speed to put up an impressive performance, and hold off the late rally of Fille D’Esprit to give ex-retired jockey Richard Monterrey his first career graded stakes success while Nine year old Eastern Bay roles back the years to run out an emphatic winner of Saturday’s General George Stakes at Laurel Park, and in the process, providing young jockey William Humphrey with a first graded stakes win

Barbara Fritchie Stakes

Grade 3 – Purse $250,000  –  7 Furlongs  – Dirt –  4-Year-Olds and Up – Fillies & Mares

It was a quick break from the eventual winner SWAYIN TO AND FRO, and Richard Monterrey was intent on being on the speed, but he was headed off early by the longshot Liscolvin as they sped past the quarter pole in 22.44 seconds.

The chalk Pass The Champagne had a nice position stalking the pace in the third spot while her main rival Union Lake was also nicely positioned in fourth, pitched out in the three lane.

Around half a mile to go. Pass The Champagne covered the move of the eventual winner and was followed through by Union Lake, with another fancied runner Fille D’Esprit finding a seam on the inside rail.

Barbara Fritchie Stakes Race Video

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As they hit the top of the stretch, Pass The Champagne loomed up to Swayin To and Fro and looked for a moment as though she would sweep past, but she gave way and it was Fille D’Esprit that gave chase.

From a long way back, Moody Woman, who was last early, was now closing late and fast.

As they headed to the wire Swayin To And Fro hung tough and won by half a length from the fast-closing Fille D’Esprit and the 58/1 longshot Moody Woman.

Pass The Champagne battle bravely to hold fourth and could benefit from a cut back in distance next time.

Barbara Fritchie Stakes Payouts

HorseWinPlaceShow
1. Swayin To And Fro$14.40$5.20$4.00
2. Fille D’Esprit $3.80$3.00
3. Moody Woman  $7.40

WINNING TIME: 1 min 23.75 secs

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General George Stakes 

Grade 3 – Purse $250,000  –  7 Furlongs  – Dirt –  4-Year-Olds and Up

As the gates flew open, Pirate Rick, the barn buddy of the eventual winner flashed early speed and went an opening quarter of twenty three seconds and change.

Pirate Rick was quickly two lengths clear and traveling in hand under jockey Gomez, and he was tracked through in the two lane by John The Bear with Momos inside, while eventual winner EASTERN BAY, who broke much sharper than normal, had a nice spot outside with clear daylight.

The chalk Factor It In was off a bit slow and settled in fifth spot about four lengths off the speed.

As they made their way to the far turn, Pirate Rick was still setting some fast fractions, but it was here that Humphrey made his move on his horses’s barn buddy and was soon upsides and challenging for the lead.

General George Stakes Race Video

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Meanwhile, the eventual third Beren was some six lengths away and the eventual runner up Yodel E A Who was last with some ten lengths to make up.

As they hit the stretch run, it was here that Eastern Bay widened by a couple of lengths and he held well all the way to the wire to record his thirteenth win at Laurel Park.

Yodel E A Who flashed home late to get to within a length and half of the winner, while Beren held well for the show spot and looks like a stretch-out could help next time.

It’s back to the drawing board for the chalk who trailed in fourth beaten five lengths.

General George Stakes Payouts

HorseWinPlaceShow
1. Eastern Bay$17.40$7.80$5.00
2. Yodel E A Who $10.20$4.60
3. Beren  $3.60

WINNING TIME: 1 min 23.29 secs

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