Rockette Girl

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Being aggressive in horse racing usually pays off. It paid off for the connections of Broadway Run after the filly won the $100,000 Coronation Cup Stakes in gate-to-wire fashion Monday at Saratoga Race Course.

John and Tonja Terranova were aggressive on behalf of Curragh Stables at the 2017 OBS April 2-year-olds in training sale.

“She was my pick,” Tonja Terranova said. “She was a must have.”

She clearly was. The filly, bred and consigned by Ocala Stud, sold for $120,000. Her sire Prospective stands for just $3,000.

“She found her,” John Terranova said of his wife. “We all liked her, but she kind of pushed and got on the phone with the owners and said, ‘we’ve got to have this one.’ ”

Broadway Run was good looking, but it still took a while for her first start to come about.

“She got a little delayed,” John Terranova said after Monday’s win. “She was training really well as a 2-year-old but then we had a minor setback in the fall. We got through the winter and she started training like she wanted grass. We debuted her in the spring and sure enough she came out running like we were hoping.”

Terranova’s wife and assistant concurred.

“It just took her a little bit to mature. She’s a real big filly,” said Tonja Terranova. “We just let her tell us when she was ready. We had her almost ready and she made us give her a little time. We did, and she responded.”

Broadway Run responded in a 6-furlong turf maiden on the first Saturday in May at Belmont Park. While everyone had their attention on Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, Broadway Run slipped through the cracks and debuted a winner at 50-1.

“It was my daughter (Paulina’s) 16th birthday and I was getting my hair and makeup done,” Tonja Terranova said with a laugh when asked if she bet that day.

That missed opportunity doesn’t matter anymore after Monday’s stakes score.

“We’ve been pointing exactly to this race,” Tonja Terranova said. “She breezed great up here and she was ready to roll.”

Luis Saez was aggressive at the beginning of the 5 1/2-furlong turf stakes for 3-year old fillies. He let Broadway Run roll leaving the gate from the outside post and cleared nine rivals to the inside. Saez and the filly found the rail and had a 1-length lead turning into the bend for home.

Still cruising on a solo lead, the half was posted in :46.20 over the turf course listed as good. She had something left, switched over to her correct lead at the top of stretch and opened up.

Broadway Run held off a late challenge by runner-up Originator to score by three-quarters of a length. Lady Suebee was a half-length behind that in third.

John Terranova complimented his longtime supporters Curragh Stables after the race.

“They’re great,” John Terranova said of the owners. “They’re like family to us. We’ve been with them many, many years. I went to college with two of their sons that are involved. It’s a great team.”

The well-dressed Curragh Stables crew embraced each other as they made the walk from their box past the finish line to the winner’s circle.

“In the stretch, I thought possibly she could get caught,” said Michael Devlin, whose Curragh Stables won the 2016 Skidmore Stakes at Saratoga with Harlan’s Harmony. “But it looked like she fired back a couple extra times. It definitely seemed like it was all her today.”

The win at Saratoga clearly meant a little extra to the owner and his partners.

“We’ve got some good partners with us. Everyone was pretty fired about today. We made a point to be here and catch this one,” Devlin said. “She’s starting to really show who she is. It’s the best time to do it.”