Saturday, Churchill Downs
GOLDEN ROD S.-GII
, $167,550, CDX, 11-24, 2yo, f, 8.5f, 1:44 4/5, ft.
1--#@SEANEEN GIRL, 119, f, 2, by Spring at Last 1st Dam: Afternoon Krystal, by Afternoon Deelites
2nd Dam: Win Right Now, by Waquoit
3rd Dam: Chalice of Silver, by Graustark
($5,000 yrl '11 FTKOCT). O-Naveed Chowhan; B-John Trumbulovic (KY); T-Bernard S Flint; J-Miguel Mena. $99,726. Lifetime Record: 6-2-1-1, $170,197. Werk Nick Rating: C+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
*4th black-type winner (3rd graded) for freshman sire (by Silver Deputy).
2--Gal About Town
, 119, f, 2, City Zip
--Antique Crystal, by Devil His Due. ($32,000 yrl '11 KEEJAN; $64,000 yrl '11 FTKOCT; ). O-Iroquois Racing Club LLC; B-Lochness Inc (KY); T-W Bret Calhoun. $32,170.
, 119, f, 2, Curlin
--Lady Melesi, by Colonial Affair. ($60,000 yrl '11 KEESEP). O-G Watts Humphrey Jr; B-G Watts Humphrey Jr, John P Cline II & Robin P Cline (KY); T-Victoria H Oliver. $16,085.
Margins: HF, 5, 2HF. Odds: 31.00, 2.40, 6.70.
Also Ran: Cloudy Vow, Broken Spell, Danalake, Street of Gold, Pow Wow Wow, Silver Strike.Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs or the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Taylor Made Sales.
Seaneen Girl, who had made the majority of her starts to date in claiming company, belied class questions to cause a boilover in the Golden Rod. An easy winner of her June 22 debut against $50,000 maiden claimers at Woodbine, the May foal was fifth of six in the Aug. 11 Ontario Debutante S. prior to a third in a $40,000 tagger Aug. 18. Fourth, beaten under a length in what has emerged a key $40,000 claimer in Toronto Sept. 12, she gave an outstanding account of herself when completing the exactor for her freshman sire in the GIII Mazarine S. in her first two-turn journey Oct. 6. Acquired privately by Naveen Chowhan, who raced Runway Model (Petionville) to a win in the 2004 Golden Rod, she was easily the longest shot while trying a conventional dirt surface for the first time in her career. Seaneen Girl was four wide around the first turn, then slid up into a midfield position following Gal About Town down the backstretch. She tipped outside of that favored rival as they cornered for home, drew on even terms at the eighth pole and won the sprint to the line. Asked how the winner compares to Runway Model, Flint commented, "She's very much like her. She's laid back and she's not a big, imposing filly, but she's extremely sound and when she trains, whatever you want her to do she'll do. If you want her to breeze, she'll breeze. If you want her to gallop, she'll gallop. She's just a nice horse all around."
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