ALITTLELESSTALK RESPONDS LATE TO GRAB VICTORY
AUBURN, Wash. – She just doesn’t give an inch. Period.
The ultra-game Alittlelesstalk took down the $40,000 Washington Cup Filly and Mare Stakes Thursday night with a determined finish defeating the hard charging Fortune’s Freude by a head.
“She’s an incredible filly!,” said winning trainer Roddina Barrett. Her filly has now won three straight photo-finishes dating back to her neck victory in the 2019 Kent Stakes.
Winning jockey Juan Gutierrez said she’s got a big heart. “Mucho Amor,” he said before weighing out.
Warlock #1, (Roddina) Barrett and Kelly Dougan’s 4-year-old Washington-bred earned $22,000 with her second consecutive stakes victory at the meet.
Gutierrez won the WA Cup Filly & Mare S. for a record fifth time. His other victories were aboard Infernal Mcgoon (2003), Sweet Nellie Brown (2011), and Madam Pele (2014 and 2015).
Alittlelesstalk, who is by Demon Warlock and out of Trainingat the Bar, paid $2.80 to as the heavily-backed winner in the field of seven.
One of the owners Tim Floyd said she reminds him of her sire Demon Warlock.
Demon Warlock (WA), who raced between 2002-2006 was undefeated in photo finishes winning all four including three by a nose. He bested Poker Brad by a head in the 2004 $75,000 Bud-Emerald Handicap.
Blue Ribbon Racing’s Fortune Freude (6/1), who is trained by Kay Cooper, made a nice sustaining move to get into contention late. Jockey Javier Matias offered a serious bid in the final 50 yards but just couldn’t get past the game Alittlelesstalk.
Alittlelesstalk, who is now 7 for 14 at the local oval with four seconds, increased her lifetime earnings to $156,776.
Alittlelesstalk and Barrett have teamed up to win four stakes since last season when she was honored as the Top 3-year-old filly in 2019.
Alittlelesstalk sat a few lengths off the pace and moved up taking command nearing the quarter pole and opened up a length and a half lead with eighth of a mile to run. From there she responded and dug in to beat Fortune’s Freude in the 1 1/16 mile race. The time of the race was 1:42.43.