Stakes Next, 'Talented' 3-Year-Old Filly Munnys Gold Makes Successful Return For Pletcher At Gulfstream - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Stakes Next, ‘Talented’ 3-Year-Old Filly Munnys Gold Makes Successful Return For Pletcher At Gulfstream

Munnys Gold wins an allowance race at Gulfstream on Jan. 25

Robert and Lawana Low's Munnys Gold, unraced since her eye-catching debut victory last summer, made a triumphant return at Gulfstream Park with a front-running open allowance triumph in Wednesday's feature race.

Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. for Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher, Munnys Gold ($2.20) overcame an awkward start to lead through splits of 22, 45.36 and 57.67 seconds, covering six furlongs over a fast main track in 1:10.78.

A 3-year-old daughter of multiple graded-stakes winner Munnings, who was also trained by Pletcher, Munnys Gold had been breezing steadily since late October at Palm Beach Downs for her return.

“She'd been training well,” Pletcher said. “She was great in her debut. She didn't off to a great start today. She kind of broke sideways and brushed the side of the gate, but once she got corrected she showed that natural speed she has and looked good from there.”

Munnys Gold was purchased for $300,000 as a yearling in July 2021 and was patiently brought along, unveiled in a 14 ½-length maiden special weight race last June at Monmouth Park. The runner-up in that race, Alma Rosa, graduated in her subsequent start and later took the White Clay Creek at Delaware Park.

“She had a little issue we had to give her a break for and then by the time we got started back there wasn't a race for her so it's taken a little while,” Pletcher said. “We had the choice of going to a stake at Tampa and then this race came up, and we decided it's been a long time since she ran so we wanted to do the right thing by her. She's a very talented filly.”

Pletcher said Wednesday's effort earned Munnys Gold a step up for her next start.

“We'll go in a stake, we just don't know [which one] yet,” he said.

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