Fillies fire for a daily double at two tracks
Darley Stable's Say You Will won impressively at Santa Anita on Sunday in an allowance event for fillies and mares going six-and-one-half furlongs on the downhill turf course with jockey Corey Nakatani in the irons. The 3-year-old bay broke sharply and rated three lengths off the pace. She split horses across the dirt and responded with a nice turn of foot at the top of the stretch, gaining the lead and crossing the wire unthreatened by a length-and-one-quarter.
The A.P. Indy daughter has never finished off the board since making her debut in February of this year and has tallied two wins, two seconds and a fourth from five career starts at five different tracks. Proving to be a very versatile filly, she broke her maiden going 1 1/8 miles on the polytrack at Keeneland before her victory today sprinting on the turf. She finished second on the turf at Churchill going one mile in her last start in May before she was given a seven-month break.
"She was coming off a long layoff, but had trained very well of late," said trainer Eoin Harty. "I didn't have any reservations about her fitness or her ability. She ran a very game race and looks to have a bright future on either polytrack or turf."
Say You Will was bred in Ireland by Gainsborough Stud Management and is out of the Seeking the Gold mare Saytarra.
Earlier in the day, Christine Shiner's One For the Roses won the flowers at Turf Paradise in a six-and-one-half furlong maiden race for two-year-old fillies on the main track under jockey Anne Von Rosen. The Fusaichi Pegasus daughter broke well but did not show any early speed and rated ten lengths off the lead. When she turned for home, Von Rosen had a ton of horse and used it well, guiding the filly across the wire nearly two lengths in front.
"She ran very well," said Harty. "She appreciated the fast early pace. She was a little slow into stride but she responded well when asked and she will have no trouble going through her conditions in Phoenix."
The chestnut was making her third career start after finishing off the board in both previous races at Keeneland and Hollywood Park. She was bred in Kentucky by Gaines-gentry Thoroughbreds and Robbie Lyons and was purchased at the 2005 Keeneland November Weanling Sale for $85,000. She is out of the General Assembly mare Moments Delight.