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Diamond Green's Watsdachances Takes Miss Grillo
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8th at BELGIII Miss Grillo S.  [1 1/16m (T)]Winner: Watsdachances (Ire), f, 2 by Diamond Green (Fr)

Watsdachances (Ire) (Diamond Green {Fr}) forged through the thickening fog to score a late-running 2 1/4-length victory in the GIII Miss Grillo S., giving trainer Chad Brown a sweep of the graded events on Belmont's holiday card. "I'm very proud of these two [Watsdachances and Noble Tune]," Brown said. "You know, you spend a lot of time training them in the mornings, observing them, and trying to make sure we've set up the training schedules, doing the right thing, and it's rewarding when they go out there and do it in the afternoon. They're two nice horses and we're very lucky to have them in the barn."

Monday, Belmont Park
, $150,000, BEL, 10-8, 2yo, f, 1 1/16mT, 1:47 4/5, yl.
1--@WATSDACHANCES (IRE), 121, f, 2, by Diamond Green (Fr)
        1st Dam: High Finance (Ire), by Entrepreneur (GB)
        2nd Dam: Phylella (Ire), by Persian Bold (Ire)
        3rd Dam: Tumblella (Ire), by Tumble Wind
O-Michael E Kisber & Bradley Thoroughbreds; B-P G Lyons (IRE); T-Chad C Brown; J-Javier Castellano. $90,000. Lifetime Record: 4-3-0-1, $164,588. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2--Sustained, 117, f, 2, War Front--Sweetstorm Amy, by Lemon Drop Kid. ($300,000 yrl '11 KEESEP). O-Paul P Pompa Jr; B-Tollgate Stables Partnership (KY); T-Dale L Romans. $30,000.

3--Manuka Honey, 116, f, 2, Borrego--Al Max Diner, by End Sweep. ($10,000 yrl '11 FTMOCT; $62,000 2yo '12 OBSAPR). O-Curragh Stables; B-Buck Pond Farm Inc (KY); T-John P Terranova II. $15,000.
Margins: 2 1/4, 1, 1 3/4. Odds: 1.20, 4.80, 25.50.
Also Ran: Fly Again, Wave Theory, Three Hearts, Buckingham Bull, Atlantic Dream, Effie Trinket, Adriani. Scratched: Fearless Jacq (Ire), Summer of Fun.
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Watsdachances opened her career with two starts in Ireland for trainer Ger Lyons, graduating in her second outing at Navan Apr. 29. Acquired by Michael Kisber and Bradley Thoroughbreds after that victory, the bay filly was transferred to the barn of Chad Brown and paid immediate dividends while winning the Aug. 29 P. G. Johnson S. at Saratoga in her first stateside appearance. "Peter Bradley found this filly in Europe and was adamant about buying her," Brown explained. "He put a group together, including Michael Kisber and some of the other partners. They all put a lot of work into it, too, trying to find these horses and they found a real good one here."
   Sent off the 6-5 favorite, Watsdachances rated in midpack as longshot Manuka Honey set the pace through fractions of :24.77, :49.60 and 1:14.79. The Irish-bred filly surged into contention at midstretch and quickly inhaled the pacesetters to win going away.
   "She's amazing," jockey Javier Castellano said of the winner. "She's a pretty tiny horse, pretty short and small, she runs with her head down, but she has real heart. She split horses, she went through a little tight hole and she took off. I know the pace kind of helped my filly; I feel they went quick enough and my horse sat behind the mid-pack. Turning for home I had to [decide] which way to go and I decided to wait. Turning for home she split horses and did it the right way."

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