The daughter of Ghostzapper beat the gate in her last start, leaving just an instant before the gates opened for the rest of the field. She ultimately crossed the finish third that day but was disqualified and placed eighth in that outing.
“Last time, she broke the gate, and was 20 lengths behind,” said Lezcano. “Today, she broke well and I just let her get comfortable. In the stretch, she gave me everything she had.”
Mystical Star’s clean start on Saturday proved the only edge she needed to hold off a late charge from Aruna. The winner covered the 1 ¼ miles in 2:00.17.
“She broke well, and we told the jock to put her wherever she was comfortable,” said winning trainer Christophe Clement. “She’s obviously a top-class filly, and provided she comes out of the race well we’ll have to think about the Beverly D [Grade 1, Aug. 18, Arlington Park]. She was very nice last year, but then her form went down. She was not quite as sound, so we gave her time and came back with her. She came back better than ever.”
Mystical Star/NYRA photo