Klaravich’ Stables faith in humanity dominated a trio of horses trained by Chad Brown in the Sept. 18 $150,000 Pebbles Stakes (G3T), a one-mile indoor turf test for sophomore fillies, at the Belmont at the Big A fall meet .
It was a Pebbles-record fifth score for the four-time Eclipse Award-winning conditioner, who also took second place. Romantic Gina and third place Bahamas Club .
Faith in Humanity, piloted by Manny Franco, a French daughter of Lope de Vega, posted a gate-to-wire score and avenged her last loss to Gina Romantica in the restricted Riskaverse on August 25 at Saratoga Racetrack.
Franco said he knew Gina Romantica would come calling late in the lane.
“I was worried about that one because she beat me last time and I knew that was the horse to beat, but at the same time I had a good feeling I was going pole vault from the three eighth because I knew I had a horse,” Franco said. . “I knew they would have to run hard to catch me. The turns are pretty good for horses that are close to the pace.”
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A first winner in July at Monmouth Park ahead of the Riskaverse, Faith in Humanity led by splits of :24.13, :49.55 and 1:13.65 on the business from post 4, as Un Mo Reay followed in second with Easy Breeze save ground in third.
The leader opened up a 2 1/2 length lead at the stretch call as Gina Romantica, ridden by Flavien Prat, came in with her wide offer, easily passing A Mo Reay to aim for the leader. Gina Romantica fought valiantly in the lane, but Faith in Humanity kept finding more, fending off her stablemate for a half-length score of 1:36.36.
Gina Romantica completed the exacta three-quarter length on Bahamian Club, with the latecomer majestic glory A Mo Reay, Miss Carol Ann , golden rocket , Navigate by and Breeze Easy completing the order of arrival. How you make money , Lia Marina , Saratoga Chrome and Wonka have been scratched.
Franco said his filly travels easily.
“She was so sweet and comfortable on a leash with her ears pricked up,” Franco said. “I think that was key, that she relaxed for me. I had a lot of horse under me when I asked her to go.”
Prat said Gina Romantica, who rallied from the ground up to win the 1 1/16 mile Riskaverse, may have been hampered by her outpost.
“I got as close to that post as possible and then the pace was slow,” Prat said. “The leader is actually a good filly, she hit home and we just ran out of ground.”
Brown, who has won three races on Sunday’s card, has previously captured the Pebbles with Partisan Politics (2015), Rubilinda (2017), Stella di Camelot (2018) and Blowout (2019).
Bred in France by Ecurie Des Monceaux and Lordship Stud Limited, Faith in Humanity pocketed $82,500 while improving her record to 3-2-1-0. Buying the Arqana Deauville September yearling sale brought $13.80 up for grabs.
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