New Star Shines Bright in Pegasus Filly and Mare Turf

Star Fortress, the Irish-bred mare trained by Cherie DeVaux, made an impressive stateside debut with a stunning 10-length victory in the Cardinal (G3) on November 23 at Churchill Downs. This commanding performance showcased her ability to compete at the highest level in North American stakes company, earning her a coveted spot in the $500,000 Pegasus Filly and Mare Turf (G2) at Gulfstream Park.

Facing a strong field of 11 others on the prestigious Pegasus World Cup (G1) program, Star Fortress has drawn Post 4 and is the morning-line favorite at 5-2. Last year’s winner, Queen Goddess, also returns and will start from Post 8. The race includes other notable contenders such as Merriebelle Stable’s Didia and Spendthrift Farm’s Ruby Nell.

Trainer Chad Brown has entered a pair of talented fillies, Fluffy Socks and Chili Flag. Fluffy Socks, a 6-year-old millionaire, is the top earner in the field and will start from Post 7 at odds of 9-2. Chili Flag, a French-bred 5-year-old, has been consistently finishing in the top three since being imported after the 2022 season and is listed at 20-1.

The top three finishers in the Suwanee River (G3) on December 30, Full Count Felicia, Accomplished Girl, and Sister Lou Ann, have also advanced to the Pegasus Filly and Mare Turf, adding to the depth and competitiveness of the field.

Star Fortress, co-owned by John Gunther and Eurowest Bloodstock Services, started her career in Europe before being transferred to DeVaux’s barn. Her impressive win in the Cardinal demonstrated her versatility and ability to adapt to a different running style. The 5-year-old mare will now face the challenge of firmer ground in the Filly and Mare Turf but is expected to be a formidable contender as long as the pace is favorable.

With the stage set for an exciting showdown on Saturday, racing fans eagerly anticipate witnessing the rise of a new star in the Pegasus Filly and Mare Turf. With her remarkable talent and commanding performance in her stateside debut, Star Fortress proves that she is ready to shine among the best in North American stakes company.

FAQ section:

1. What was Star Fortress’ performance in the Cardinal (G3) race?
Star Fortress made an impressive stateside debut in the Cardinal (G3) race and won with a stunning 10-length victory.

2. What race will Star Fortress be competing in next?
Star Fortress has earned a spot in the $500,000 Pegasus Filly and Mare Turf (G2) at Gulfstream Park.

3. Who are some of the notable contenders in the Pegasus Filly and Mare Turf?
Some notable contenders in the Pegasus Filly and Mare Turf include last year’s winner Queen Goddess, as well as Didia, Ruby Nell, Fluffy Socks, and Chili Flag.

4. Who are the trainers of Fluffy Socks and Chili Flag?
Trainer Chad Brown has entered both Fluffy Socks and Chili Flag in the Pegasus Filly and Mare Turf.

5. Which horses have advanced from the Suwanee River (G3) to the Pegasus Filly and Mare Turf?
The top three finishers in the Suwanee River (G3) race, Full Count Felicia, Accomplished Girl, and Sister Lou Ann, have also advanced to the Pegasus Filly and Mare Turf.

Definitions:
– Stateside: Referring to the United States.
– Stakes: A high-level horse racing competition.
– Post: Starting position in a horse race.
– Morning-line: The initial odds set for each horse in a race before betting begins.
– Import: To bring something into a country from another place.
– Running style: The way a horse runs during a race.
– Ground: The racing surface.
– Formidable: Inspiring fear or respect because of impressive abilities or qualities.

Suggested related links:
https://www.gulfstreampark.com/ – Gulfstream Park official website.
https://www.churchilldowns.com/ – Churchill Downs official website.