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In the 1 1/16-mile Everett, Include Me Out continued to assert her superiority, winning comfortably. The four-year-old was facing her most difficult task yet against multiple Grade 1 heroine Zazu, but that rival never threatened in her first start since October and checked in fourth.
Include Me Out established a forward position after breaking from her rail post in the six-horse field, stalking in second as Ellafitz established early splits in :24 3/5, :48 3/5 and 1:12 4/5. She advanced to challenge the front runner nearing the conclusion of the far turn and seized the lead upon reaching the top of stretch, quickly edging clear of her rival. Ellafitz gamely tried to re-rally late, but Include Me Out was always going best and stopped the teletimer in 1:44 over the Cushion Track.
"Once we got to the outside (from the inside post), we just had a great stalking trip. She's so professional and Ron (Ellis) has done such a great job keeping her fresh," Talama said. "She always has a lot of run. She's just so smart, you can do whatever you want with her. If there ever was a case where there's no speed, she could wire the field. If they go (the half-mile) in 45 and change like they did in the La Canada, she can come from five or six out of it.''
The dark bay daughter of Include paid $4.60 to win as the 6-5 favorite. Ellafitz held second by 1 1/2 lengths over 22-1 longshot Caelis, who finished 1 1/4 lengths better than Zazu. Suzette's Friend trailed throughout at the back of the pack. Love Theway Youare bobbled at the break and unseated jockey Alonson Quinonez. Kayce Ace was scratched.
"On paper it looked like it would go like that and it was perfect," Ellis said. "This filly hadn't run in two months and she got the job done. She's real push button and Joe (Talamo) pushed her a little early to make Ellafitz get clear. I told Joe if Ellafitz tried to go too slow, just let her go to the lead.
"We have a lot of confidence in our filly. Luckily, she can kind of sit where you need her to sit. We're trying to make the whole year with her, that's why we've skipped a race here and there. She's bred to go long, she's by Include. She's very professional and very smart. She wants to do her job, wants to win."With the $90,000 winner's share, Include Me Out increased her earnings to $453,600 from a 9-5-2-0 career mark.
Bred in Kentucky by Brereton C. Jones, Include Me Out sold for $150,000 as a Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling. She is out of the unraced Mazel Trick mare Don't Trick Her and a half-sister to fellow Grade 1 heroine Check the Label as well as stakes vixen On the Menu. This is the same female line as Grade 1 divas Sweet Talker and Likeable Style, and multiple Grade 3 scorer Silver Medallion.
Ellis indicated that the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap on June 16 is likely next for Include Me Out.