Sunday, Dusseldorf, Germany
155TH HENKEL-PREIS DER DIANA - DEUTSCHES STUTEN-DERBY-G1
, €400,000, Dusseldorf, 8-4, 3yo, f, 1 3/8mT, 2:13.53, gd.
1--s@#PENELOPA (GB), 128, f, 3, by Giant’s Causeway 1st Dam: Lady Linda (MGSP, $307,377), by Torrential 2nd Dam: La Cucina (Ire), by Last Tycoon (Ire) 3rd Dam: Fandangerina, by Grey Dawn II (Fr)
(65,000gns RNA yrl ‘11 TATOCT). O/B-Litex Commerce AD; T-Miltcho Mintchev; J-Eduardo Pedroza; €230,000. Lifetime Record: 5 starts, 2 wins, 2 places, €246,900. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2--Secret Gesture (GB)
, 128, f, 3, Galileo (Ire)
--Shastye (Ire), by Danehill. (230,000gns RNA yrl ‘11 TATOCT). O-Qatar Racing Ltd & Newsells Park Stud; B-Newsells Park Stud; T-Ralph Beckett; €90,000.
, 128, f, 3, Doyen (Ire)--Akasha (Ger), by Dashing Blade (GB). (€18,000 yrl ‘11 BBASEP). O-Stall Waldecker Stern; B-Doris Mitze; T-Andreas Lowe; €45,000.
Margins: 3/4, NK, SHD. Odds: 15.00, 1.50, 35.10.
Also Ran: Red Lips (Ger), Quilita (Ger), Viletta (Ger), Calyxa (GB), Orion Love (GB), Oriental Lady (Ger), Wild Silva (GB), Lady Liberty (Ire), Thunderstruck (Ger), Ars Nova (Ger), Daytona Bay (GB), Miss You Too (GB), Next Green (Ger). Scratched (Reserves): Hey Little Gorl (Ger), Waletta (Ger).
Click for the Racing Post result or the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree.
Starting off with a two-length win in a six-furlong maiden at Hoppegarten last July, Penelopa was second in the Listed Zukunfts-Rennen over a furlong further at Baden-Baden the following month, and returned to contest the G2 German 1000 Guineas at this track June 2. Unable to go the pace when only eighth in that mile Classic, the bay proved that middle-distances were her bag when third in the June 22 Listed Preis Dusseldorf over 100 yards shy of this trip last time. Held on to early by Eduardo Pedroza, she benefitted from the experience and guile of that rider by saving vital energy, allowing the frantic dash to gain a prominent pitch to happen ahead of her. By halfway, she was still on the rail taking the shortest route around the turning circuit with the favorite and G1 Epsom Oaks runner-up Secret Gesture just ahead, and was still on the inner as that rival loomed on the front end after the home turn. Secret Gesture was committed with a furlong remaining and appeared to have the race in safe keeping, but Penelopa gave a surge to overwhelm her in the final yards and win going away. The winning connections are looking at the G1 Prix Vermeille at Longchamp Sept. 15, while those of the runner-up offered no excuses for her reversal.
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