Darley's Golden' debut
Darley Stable began the New Year successfully at Calder Race Course on Sunday with a victory by first-time starter Golden Sphinx in a Maiden Special Weight for 3-year-old fillies going 6 furlongs on the main track. The bay filly stalked the pace in fourth position to the quarter pole, where she assumed the lead and prevailed by 1-1/4 lengths under jockey Eddie Castro.
The Storm Cat filly was bred in Kentucky by Darley Stable and is out of the Forty Niner mare Gold Sunrise. The betting public made her the favorite of nine runners in Sunday's race.
Assistant trainer Brian Ange, who has been supervising Darley's east coast operation, was very impressed with the filly's professionalism in the paddock and post-parade. "She won with authority, even though she was caught wide on the turn," said Ange.
Darley's Florida operation has been on fire since moving from Saratoga Springs to Palm Meadows Training Center, scoring four wins and one second place finish from six starters at Calder. Golden Sphinx was the fourth debut winner for Darley Stable this season.
"She is a very talented filly," said trainer Eoin Harty. "She has a bright future."