TDN RISING STARS

March 29, 2014 - Gulfstream Park, Race 3, Msw, USD $57,000, 7f

La Madrina, f, 3, 2011 by Tapit

1st Dam: Enchanted Rock, by Giant's Causeway
2nd Dam: Chic Shirine, by Mr. Prospector
3rd Dam: Too Chic, by Blushing Groom (Fr)

Owner: Emory Hamilton
Breeder: Emory Hamilton (KY)
Trainer: Shug McGaughey

La Madrina followed in her big brother GI Haskell Invitational S. hero and "TDN Rising Star" Verrazano (More Than Ready)'s footsteps today with an ultra impressive debut graduation. Displaying a very speedy worktab at Payson Park and with leading rider Javier Castellano at the controls, the well built gray was sent off at 9-2 in this fully loaded affair. Running several paths off the rail, she was a dozen lengths behind the leaders, who zipped along through an opening quarter in :22.10 and half in :44.29. Quickly closing the gap on the backstretch, La Madrina came charging up the outside to swiftly pick off rivals and surge clear. She crossed the wire 6 1/4 lengths ahead of Jenny's Rocket (Mr. Greeley) and fellow firster Tis Duet (Tiznow) rounded out the trifecta. La Madrina is a half-sister to Verrazano, MGISW, $1,691,300; and El Padrino (Pulpit), GSW, $326,770. Her breeder Emory Hamilton also owns a 2-year-old and weanling out of Enchanted Rock, both by Pulpit. La Madrina hails from the family of champion Queena (Mr. Prospector); GISWs Chic Shirine, Brahms (Danzig) and Too Chic; and MGSWs Hungry Island (More Than Ready) and Somali Lemonade (Lemon Drop Kid). Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $29,400.

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