owner and trainer skipped the Kentucky Oaks. This paid off in Friday's Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico.
Well-rested filly beat race favourite Adare Manor by 1 14 lengths under jockey Florent Geroux.
Last month, Interstatedaydream placed third in the Ashland Stakes. On his fourth try, Geroux won the Black-Eyed Susan. She was quiet, but he didn't ride her differently.
Geroux: "She took risks." "Pleased with today's filly's performance. The connections were prudent to skip the Oaks and other Derby weekend races to prepare.
Interstatedaydream paid $14.20, $6.40, and $5.00. John Velazquez's Adare Manor won $4.40 and $3.20, while Radio Days won $7.60.
Despite starting from post 10, Pimlico fans expected Adare Manor to challenge late. Sean McCarthy trained Adare Manor after Bob Baffert. Baffert was banned for 90 days.
But Interstatedaydream wouldn't listen. The filly was born in Ontario, and her trainer, Brad Cox, said he was "just very proud" of her.
"She ran well," he said. She surprised me at the gate charge. She fit in because she wasn't respected.
Florent did well to gain an early lead. Her final two works are amazing, and she ran a great race.”
Interstatedaydream broke strongly from the ninth post and sat in second for most of the race before taking the lead late.
Six weeks separate Statton Flurry's races. Brad and I shouted 'Point to the Black-Eyed Susan' after she crossed the finish line at the Ashland.
Interstatedaydream "wasn't ready" for the Oaks, Cox said. He replied, "It would have been too fast, putting too much at her." "This made sense," I said.
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