‘TDN Rising Star’ Winter Sunset, a sharp, front-running debut winner over the Fair Grounds lawn Nov. 29, showed a new dimension while staying perfect in Saturday’s Shantel Lanerie Memorial Overnight S. The second-choice missed the break and trailed the field of five as they passed the grandstand for the first time. She began to advance on the outside down the backstretch and kept rolling while four-deep and one to the inside of heavily favored Elsa, a last out winner of the GIII Jimmy Durante S., on the far turn. After racing shoulder to shoulder with that one down the lane and drifting out some throughout, Winter Sunset pulled clear late to remain unbeaten. A stewards inquiry into the stretch run was quickly posted and removed.
The winner’s dam Winter Memories was a MGISW on the turf for John Phillips’s operation, just like her mother, Memories of Silver. Winter Memories is a half-sister to GSW La Cloche (Ghostzapper), the dam of GSW Bellavais (Tapit); stakes winners British Blue (Storm Cat) and War Choice (Storm Cat); and the unraced dams of GSW Hawkish (Artie Schiller) and SW Red Lodge (Midshipman), both of whom are ‘TDN Rising Stars’. Winter Memories produced a Tapit colt in 2017 and a filly by the Gainesway stalwart in 2018. She was bred back to Union Rags.
SHANTEL LANERIE MEMORIAL OVERNIGHT S., (NB) $60,000, Fair Grounds, 2-9, 3yo, f, 1mT, 1:42.34, fm.
1–WINTER SUNSET, 118, f, 3, Tapit–Winter Memories
(MGISW, $1,268,100), by El Prado (Ire). ($900,000 RNA Ylg ’17
KEESEP). O-Coffeepot Stables & Phillips Racing Partnership;
B-Phillips Racing Partnership (KY); T-Wayne M. Catalano;
J-Channing Hill. $38,400. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $61,200.
2–Elsa, 120, f, 3, Animal Kingdom–Abtasaamah, by Distorted
Humor. O/B-Godolphin LLC (KY); T-Michael Stidham. $12,000.
3–Naughty Me, 116, f, 3, Handsome Mike–Naughty Matilda, by
Indian Charlie. O-Candy R. Courtemanche; B-Beth Bayer (FL);
T-Joseph Kanhai. $6,000.
Margins: 1HF, 5 3/4, HF. Odds: 2.70, 0.40, 41.10.
Also Ran: Cypress Point, Red Rounder. Scratched: Liora.
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