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Smart Strike Debutante Scores at Gulfstream

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10th at GP , Msw, $46,000 (6f)Winner: Unchained Melody, f, 3 by Smart Strike

Smart Strike

10th-GP, $38,000, Msw, 3-19, 3yo, f, 6f, 1:12.29, ft.
+UNCHAINED MELODY (f, 3, Smart Strike–Love Match {GSW, $188,966}, by Partner’s Hero) overcame the outside post and pace pressure to graduate first out at Gulfstream for the Brian Lynch barn. Showing a string of above-average workouts, capped off by a five-furlong gate move in 1:01 4/5 (9/25) Mar. 11 at Palm Meadows, the dark bay broke well from the 11-post as a 27-5 proposition and dueled with Miss Kentucky (Blame) through a :22.69 quarter. Gaining separation from that foe past a :46.70 half, Unchained Melody skipped clear by the furlong grounds before holding sway to score by 1 1/4 lengths. Actress (Tapit), who was off last, made a big late run to get second. The victress has a 2-year-old half-brother by Curlin who sold for $270,000 at the recently concluded OBS March sale after breezing a quarter-mile in :21 4/5. Her dam foaled a colt by Bodemeister Feb. 25. Sales History: $195,000 RNA Ylg ’15 FTKOCT. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $22,800. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Hidden Brook Farm & Hare Forest Farm; B-Hare Forest Farm, Ltd. (KY); T-Brian A. Lynch.

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