Trainer Roger Attfield will be trying for his fourth victory in the $150,000 Bewitch (G3) when he saddles Triton Stable’s Ickymasho (GB) in the feature race on Friday’s closing-day program. He won the race with Sweetest Thing (2002), Noble Stella (GER) (2006) and Lady Shakespeare (2010).
Last year, Ickymasho was third in the Bewitch in her North American debut after 30 starts in Europe. Although she is winless stateside, Ickymasho has banked more than $100,000 since relocating. In 38 career starts, she has an 8-11-4 record for earnings of $193,403.
“She seems like she gets better with age,” Attfield said of the 7-year-old mare. “We (bought) her in England, where she had been running well, but she hadn’t been running against the (upper level) competition like she is now. She is very competitive, so I am very happy with her.”
Ickymasho enters the Bewitch following close runner-up efforts in The Very One (G3) and Orchid (G3) at Gulfstream Park in March.
“She always runs her race even if she gets beaten,” Attfield said. “She looks wonderful and her eyes are always bright and her coat is in great shape. She comes off the track bucking and kicking like she is a youngster again. If they are happy, they usually run their best, which she has been doing for awhile.”
Jose Ortiz will ride Ickymasho in the Bewitch, a 1½-mile turf test that has attracted nine other fillies and mares, and start from post position four.