Crescentcitypretty shines in Azalea Stakes romp

Daughter of Bernardini pulls away in the stretch to win easily

Crescentcitypretty justified her 1-5 odds with a dominating, five-and-three-quarter-length victory in the $65,000 Azalea Stakes at Delta Downs March 1.

The Azalea marked the first Stakes win for the three-year-old daughter of Bernardini, who improved her record to two wins and a second-place finish in three starts.

Crescentcitypretty broke alertly and was quickly settled into second, just off the flank of leader Blowing Bayou. That rival led the field through the early stages of the seven-furlong contest.

 As the field swept through the far turn, Crescentcitypretty made her move, pulling even with Blowing Bayou as they the field hit the top of the stretch. Through the lane it was all Crescentcitypretty, who eventually pulled away to an impressive five-and-three-quarter-length victory.

Racing as a homebred for Brittlyn Stable Inc., Crescentcitypretty was bred in Louisiana and is out of the mare Penelope Plum, by Badge Of Silver. Penelope Plum is a half-sister to Canadian Horse of the Year and Champion Two-Year-Old Colt, Uncaptured. She also hails from the family of multiple G1 winner, Curalina (G1 Acorn, G1 Coaching Club American Oaks, etc.).

Crescentcitypretty becomes the 68th Stakes winner for her sire, Bernardini, who is also represented in 2019 by Cherry Lodge, winner of the Ladies’ Turf Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream Park. In 2018, Bernardini sired the Graded Stakes winners Berned (G3 Molly Pitcher) and Lewis Bay (G3 Bed o’ Roses), in addition to Too Charming, winner of the Tropical Park Oaks. 

Bernardini is standing the 2019 breeding season at Jonabell Farm in Kentucky for $50,000, stands and nurses.