(The following notes are from Diego Mitagstein of Turf Diario, on the first leg of Rio’s triple crown for fillies. The photo of Dolly Max courtesy of Gersons Martin.)
Dolly Max was invincible in the Gran Premio Henrique Possolo – Haras das Estrelas (G1) over the metric mile on turf at Hipódromo da Gavea, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday. The first leg of Jockey Club Brasileiro’s triple crown for fillies, Dolly Max was confidently ridden by Dalto Duarte, who brought Dolly Max from behind in the straight to beat Dear Nati by 2 1/2 lenghts. The Sadler’s Wells stallion Crimson Tide is the sire of both the winner and the runner-up. Bred by Haras Di Cellius and owned by Coudelaria Alvarenga Desejada, Dolly Max won for the sixth time from 11 starts in the Henrique Possolo. It was the second graded stakes win of her career; last january she won the Group 3 Grande Premio Roger Guedon. Dolly Max covered the 1600 meters on turf in 1:33.97.