Whoa and greetings to one and all from my barn here in Georgia and Pudge’s snowy barn in Manheim PA! It’s been pretty cold up in the north and Pudge tells me he’s been busy making snow angels when he’s not watching the races and asking his friend Buttons for hot cocoas! As for me the South has been a little chilly too and some icing so we are all being careful and taking good care.
This week the boys took a break from the Championship racing and so our attention turned to a prep race the fillies ran for the Kentucky Oaks! Pudge and I never tire of watching the fillies and we saw a nice race in the Santa Ysabel!
Date: February 28, 2015
Track: Santa Anita Park
Race: Santa Ysabel
Distance: 1 1/16 miles
The winner of the race, Stellar Wind, had Victor Espinoza in the irons and she pulled off a “stellar” win if you will after a slow break at the start. She pretty much chased the pace and took the wide route after the second turn and came up through the stretch to break off from the pack and take the lead with over 2 lengths between her and second place finisher Light The City! Glory was third and Achiever’s Legacy came up in fourth.
In case you have not heard, Stellar Wind is a nice chestnut filly by Curlin and her Mom is Evening Star by the famous Malibu Moon! She’s a pretty girl with a white blaze. In three lifetime starts including this stakes race she has finished on the board with two wins and one third place. The other two races were maiden special weights. Pudge and I think she has inherited some natural talent and she is also evolving more and more with each race experience. She is trained by John Sadler and owned by Hronis Racing, LLC. She picked up 50 points and a 4th place position on the Oaks Leaderboard! Oh boy! She’s right up there with Take Charge Brandi, Condo Commando, I’m a Chatterbox and Ekati’s Phaeton!
To see her fabulous win and powerful stretch run please go to this link:
What’s coming you ask?
Fillies Kentucky Oaks Prep:
Honey Bee at Oaklawn Park!
Kentucky Derby Preps:
Gotham at Aqueduct! The Big A!
San Felipe at Santa Anita Park!
Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay!
Busy weekend of racing coming so stay tuned as we continue our coverage of the Road to the Roses, Oaks and those coveted gates at Churchill Downs the first weekend in May!
Your friends in racing, Indy and Pudge ♥