With a solid record of eight
in the money finishes from 10 lifetime starts, Gracefully Mean has certainly
proven she’s a solid commodity at the Jamie Woodington barn. On Saturday at the Big M, she’ll put those
credentials on the line when she tries the turf for the first time, breaking
from post 11 in the featured $30,000 allowance/optional claiming event.
“She has turf breeding and has a big round foot, which
should suit her well for the grass,” said Woodington. “She shows up every race and is a very smart
filly. I’m sure she’ll handle the new
surface just fine.”
Gracefully Mean, a 3-year-old daughter of Bandini from
the Sky Classic mare Classy Agenda, was bred in New Jersey.
She made three starts in 2011, but failed to find the winner’s
circle. On July 4 of this year she broke
her maiden by an impressive eight lengths and since took an entry level
allowance before a runner-up finish most recently in the Jersey Girl Handicap
on New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival Day at Monmouth (Sept. 15).
“She’s doing really well,” Woodington said. “She’s a real nice filly and I’m looking
forward to her turf debut.”
An overfilled field of 14 have entered Saturday’s
feature, with 12 able to run. Gracefully
Mean will carry 117 pounds, most of that jockey Pedro Cotto Jr.