Our Super Freak Takes on Lake Avenue in Ruffian

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Multiple graded stakes-placed Our Super Freak , who has tackled the heaviest hitters in her division, seeks a breakthrough victory against an all stakes-winning field May 2 in the $200,000 Ruffian Stakes (G2) for older fillies and mares at Belmont Park

The one-turn mile over the main track will be Our Super Freak’s first time at the distance for trainer Cherie DeVaux. The Mineshaft mare made both of her 2021 starts for Paul Winandy’s LBD Stable and David Ingordo at Oaklawn Park, where she finished second in the Jan. 23 Pippin Stakes at a mile and was the runner-up to dual champion Monomoy Girl  by two lengths in the Feb. 28 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) going 1 1/16 miles. 

“This is my first time running her a one-turn mile which is what I think she wants to do,” DeVaux said. “She can run the two-turn mile, since she has good position early and tactical speed, but I’m very interested to see how she handles the one-turn mile at Belmont.”

Originally campaigned on the Mid-Atlantic circuit by Jamie Ness, Our Super Freak notched her only stakes victory in the restricted Shine Again in September 2019 at Laurel Park, marking her final start for Ness. 

“We’re always looking for prospects that could be appealing as a broodmare, and she has a really nice physical,” DeVaux said. “She already had some black type on her, and we were looking to see if putting a horse like her in our program would help increase her value. We looked at her physical and past performances and she checked all the boxes. She’s a strong, gorgeous filly with some good form.”

Last season, Our Super Freak garnered graded stakes black type when finishing second to subsequent New Jersey Horse of the Year Horologist  in the Molly Pitcher Stakes (G3) at Monmouth Park and third to Letruska in the Shuvee Stakes (G3) at Saratoga Race Course.

“She’s been unlucky having faced a lot of extremely nice fillies and mares like Letruska and Monomoy Girl,” DeVaux said. “She’s faced a lot of good horses. We haven’t backed down or been afraid of anyone. We’re trying to find a spot to give her the best opportunity to get a graded stakes win.”

DeVaux said she is looking forward to possibly training a sibling of Our Super Freak in the near future, after her husband purchased the mare’s dam Thatcher 

“When we had this filly, my husband found the broodmare. She was barren last year when we got her and they bred her to Catalina Cruiser, so she now has a beautiful Catalina Cruiser colt,” she said.

Breaking from post 3, Our Super Freak will be ridden by Jose Ortiz. 

Our Super Freak’s largest obstacle to victory comes from Godolphin homebred Lake Avenue , who has done no wrong in her pair of starts this season for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. 

The 4-year-old daughter of Tapit  , out of grade 1 winner Seventh Street (by Street Cry), broke a step slow in her 2021 debut going seven furlongs at Gulfstream Park, but was nevertheless all class and won the Feb. 3 allowance-level event by 4 1/2 lengths. 

She displayed another open-length triumph when returning to stakes company with vigor in the March 6 Heavenly Prize Invitational at Aqueduct Racetrack. The pair of wins were quite the turnaround for Lake Avenue, who had not tasted victory in four starts last year. During her juvenile campaign, she broke her maiden second out by 12 3/4 lengths at Aqueduct before a four-length win in the Demoiselle Stakes (G2) at the Big A, winning both races in front-running fashion. Junior Alvarado has the call from post 4.

Rounding out the field are black-type winners Gibberish  and Vault  and listed winners Water White  and Saguaro Row 

Entries: Ruffian S. (G2)

Belmont Park, Sunday, May 02, 2021, Race 8

  • Grade II
  • 1m
  • Dirt
  • $200,000
  • 4 yo’s & up Fillies and Mares
  • 4:40 PM (local)



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