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Call Another Play earned her first stakes victory in style, and added another credential to the resume of R. Larry Johnson’s foundation mare, Ran’s Chick, on Saturday, April 20 at Laurel Park, when she won the Weber City Miss Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by three and a half lengths.

Johnson’s homebred filly entered the Weber City Miss off back-to-back victories on the Laurel main track. In her most recent start, a first-level allowance/optional claiming contest on March 22 while in for a $62,500 tag, she stalked the pace and won by six and a quarter lengths going a mile and a sixteenth. In her prior outing she ran for $40,000 on Feb. 16 and pulled away to win by four and a quarter lengths going one mile. She went off as the 5-1 third choice in the five-horse Weber City Miss field, with Kentucky shipper Shimmering Allure the overwhelming favorite at 3-5.

Call Another Play dropped back to last in the early stages of the mile and a sixteenth affair, while the expected pacesetter, multiple stakes winner Miss Harriett, set early fractions of :24.23 and :47.66. As they rounded the far turn, Miss Harriett maintained her lead, but Call Another Play, who had raced off the rail throughout the early going, began to advance on the far turn. She poked a head in front of the early leader as they approached the top of the stretch, and began to pull clear as they entered the lane.

Having disposed of Miss Harriett, Call Another Play had one more rival to fend off: recent Parx Racing stakes winner Jeanne Marie, who made a bid on the outside. However, Call Another Play had more to give, and extended her lead as she approached the wire. The final time on a fast main track was 1:46.66. Jeanne Marie got up for second, while Miss Harriett held third. Jaime Rodriguez had the winning mount for trainer Mike Trombetta.

The win improved Call Another Play’s career record to 4-1-2 from nine starts, with earnings of $208,625. She’s hit her best stride this year, with a 3-0-1 record in four starts and earnings of $141,815. The winner of the Weber City Miss receives an automatic entry for the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes-G2, to be run on Friday, May 17. Said Trombetta: “It’s always in the back of your mind. That’s a tough thing to do, but I’ll talk to Larry about it and we’ll see what the plans are. She’s been great and getting this done is a big deal. We’ll sit down and figure it out.”

Call Another Play is by Audible out of the Johnson-bred Bernardini mare Past as Prelude. She descends from Johnson’s foundation mare Ran’s Chick, purchased by Johnson for $2,400 at Timonium in 1978, and her family includes numerous stakes winners and stakes producers. Past as Prelude is a half-sibling to six winners, including stakes winner and stakes sire Street Magician. 

From five starters, Past as Prelude has produced three winners, the others stakes-placed Continentalcongres (Constitution) and Future Is Now (Great Notion). Her most recent foal is her current 2-year-old, a McKinzie colt named Places in My Past. She was bred to Audible for 2024.

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