With two previous stakes placings this year, Genre broke through for her first stakes win while stopping the teletimer in 1:43.10 for the 1 1/16-mile event on a sloppy track.
Genre, who was guided by Paco Lopez, becomes the 50th black-type winner forBernardini , a 13-year-old son of A.P. Indy who stands at Darley's Jonabell Farm near Lexington. He was champion 3-year-old male of 2006 after wins in the Preakness, Travers, and Jockey Club Gold Cup (all gr. I). Genre is one of 36 graded or group winners from his seven crops racing.
Genre paid $7.60, $3.80, and $2.40 and Eskenformoney returned $3.80 and $2.20, and Birdatthewire paid $2.40 to show.
With Eskenformoney off the pace in third, Genre stalked pacesetter and 9-5 favorite Super Majesty from second, two wide and about a length back, before pressing that that opponent through a half mile in :47.19. She grabbed a slight lead on the turn, then carried out Eskenformoney a bit wide turning into the lane. Eskenformoney got her head in front of her stablemate briefly in early stretch but Genre fought back for a game neck victory.
"She's all heart," said Anthony Sciametta, an assistant to Pletcher. "She was headed in the lane and fought back all the way to the wire. We wanted to be sitting second early, but she looked to be real keen today. I think she really liked the off going this afternoon."
Grade I winner Birdatthewire, trying to halt a five-race winless streak, was third with a mild rally after she was reluctant to load into the starting gate then was tardy to start.
Genre, campaigned by Cheyenne Stables, has four wins and four seconds from 10 career starts. In her two starts prior to the Molly Pitcher, she was second, two lengths behind Angela Renee, in the Lady's Secret Stakes July 4 at Monmouth and runner-up to I'm a Chatterbox in the Obeah Handicap June 11 at Delaware Park.
Genre, a $200,000 purchase from Gaineway's agency at the 2013 Keeneland September yearling sale, was bred in Kentucky by William E. Graves and Gainesway Thoroughbreds. Her dam is multiple graded stakes winner French Park (Ecton Park), a half sister to the dam of multiple grade I winner Palace. Genre is a half sister to restricted stakes winner Parc Monceau.