Photo via Blood Horse
Souper Sensational - 2nd in the Grade 1 Test at Saratoga, 8.7
Well let's start this update off with a bang! Souper Sensational, the daughter of Kateri, who is a sister to the dam of our Series 1 Offering Shezapistol, and thus part of the booming Sue's Good News family, ran second in the Grade 1 Test at Saratoga yesterday. The Test is long the premier sprint race for three year old fillies in the country, and in the past has been won by such champions as Gamine, Covefe, Dream Rush to name a few.
The field featured Search Results, the winner of the Grade 1 Acorn and runner up in the Kentucky Oaks, Zaajel, the winner of the Grade 1 Mother Goose, Obligatory, the winner of the Eight Belles at Churchill and runner up in the Grade 1 Acorn, and the eventual winner Bella Sofia - who is now 3 out of 4 with blazing fast speed figures. Instead of me getting into details about the race, I'll share some links to recaps and videos below:
DRF Article: HERE
Blood Horse Article: HERE
Surfer Dude - son of Curlin and Tiz Miz Sue Finishes 2nd in First Start
Photo courtesy of Jessica Paquette (@jmpaquette - Twitter)
Surfer Dude, the son of Tiz Miz Sue sold at Keeneland September last year, finished second in his first start at Colonial Downs last week. Colonial Downs has become a summer hub as their money has greatly improved, as well as the fact of Churchill being closed for training until September. Many trainers have sent strings there such as Steve Assmussen and this colt's trainer, Dallas Stewart. Racing Five Furlongs which will not be his forte, he broke from the rail and showed good early pace, having to go press the pace from the inside. Getting squeezed between horses, he raced very greenly, finishing second to a horse that had made multiple starts of Bret Calhoun, and well clear of the rest of the field. Some links about the horse below:
Photo at Keeneland prior to sale:
Sale Catalog Page:
Shezapistol - Great Three Furlong Work 8.7.21
Shezapistol continues on the improve from her slight break after losing a bit of weight while going through a growth spurt with a very very solid three furlong work on Saturday. Given a week off after her last work to let her mind settle and body recover, she was relaxed and professional as she followed her riders commands. Working in company with a Classic Empire filly, she was on the outside and had her measure the entire work. Relaxing until the rider asked her for a little more turning for the stretch, she went by her workmate in just a few jumps and then returned to her riders commands and relaxed and let the filly come back to her - though never letting her draw even.
This was another "light bulb" work, where the filly continues to take the steps that show she can be a nice filly. We will have a week of slow easy gallops and let her mind settle again before another work. Depending on her physically after this work - if she maintains weight , stays sound, etc, she may have two more works locally before shipping off or stay a little longer. This filly is a little slower developing, but is showing us all the right things.
Here are some photos from Saturday:
Link to YouTube of Work: HERE
Remington Park Updates
Some upcoming projected dates for Cres Ran / RML starters at Remington Park:
Goody Two Sioux - September 1st or 4th
Sweet Tea Red and Sinnin N Grinnin: One should run 8.27 and/or 9.17
Newscaster: Looking at race early September, probably the 4th
Mesta Park: The highs and lows of the business - Mesta came out of his outstanding last two works where he really showed maturity, and his talent, with a slight fracture which will require at least 90 days off. Bummer as was looking for a big fall from him.