Darley Stable’s homebred Villanesca may have been coming off of a 4-month layoff, but there didn’t appear to be any rust as she captured her first added money event Friday afternoon at Belmont Park.
The 4-year-old filly rallied to win the 6 1/2-furlong Magnolia Jackson Stakes by a half-length. Villanesca was broken and trained in Aiken by Tim Jones.
The chestnut filly is by Grade 2 winner Distorted Humor, and was coming off of a victory in her previous start on March 1, a 6-furlong allowance race over the inner track at Aqueduct. The Magnolia Jackson was the second stakes start for the Kiaran McLaughlin charge. Her previous appearance in an added money event was the Ladies Handicap at Aqueduct on New Year’s Day. Jockey Joel Rosario, piloting Villanesca for the first time, rode her to victory in the Magnolia Jackson Stakes.
Villanesca has 4 wins from 7 starts, and has bankrolled $187,500.