July 27, 2017 - Saratoga, Race 5, Msw, USD $83,000, 5 1/2F
Sly Roxy, F, 2, 2015 by Speightstown
1st Dam: Roxy Gap (Ch. female sprinter & older mareCan & MGSW, $952,790), by Indian Charlie
2nd Dam: Harts Gap, by Saint Ballado
3rd Dam: Special Test, by Hawkin's Special
Owner: George Yager
Breeder: Blue Heaven Farm (KY)
Trainer: Mark E. Casse
Sly Roxy broke well from her far outside draw, stalked the pace and kicked clear to a decisive first out tally in a race rained off the turf at Saratoga Friday. The first foal out of three-time graded stakes winner and Canadian champion older mare and female sprinter Roxy Gap (Indian Charlie), she was never far back in second behind a quarter-mile in :22.56, seized command coming off the turn and rallied clear to notch a convincing 5 1/2-length victory. Gio Game (Gio Ponti) completed the exacta.
Roxy Gap is herself a half-sister to SP Cummings Road (Speightstown). The winner‚??s second dam, Harts Gap (Saint Ballado), captured two stakes events, while third dam Special Test (Hawkin‚??s Special) was a multiple stakes winner. Roxy Gap produced a filly by Medaglia d‚??Oro in 2016, a filly by Empire Maker in 2017 and was bred back to Pioneerof the Nile this spring.
RNA Proves to be Blessing in Disguise‚?¶
When Sly Roxy RNA‚??d for $195,000 at OBS March after breezing in¬†:10 flat, owner George Yager was disappointed at first as she was one of three horses purchased by bloodstock agent David Meah for his first yearling to 2-year-old pinhooking venture.
That initial disappointment turned to excitement Thursday as the daughter of two-time Sovereign Award winner Roxy Gap (Indian Charlie) charged home to a¬†‚??TDN Rising Star‚??-worthy 5 1/2-length victory on debut in a sloppy off-the-turfer at Saratoga. The bay is now under consideration for a possible start in the GII Adirondack S. Aug. 12, according to trainer Mark Casse.
‚??She had me screaming,‚?? Yager told the¬†TDN¬†Thursday afternoon. ‚??She worked quick at the Ocala sale, but they just didn‚??t go for her. Mark told me she could run and now here we are talking.‚??
The Los Angeles, California, resident continued, ‚??I was a little upset about not being able to sell her because the whole intention was to pinhook. I knew Roxy Gap was trained by Mark at Woodbine, so I contacted Mark and he said he would be delighted to train her. Now we are both delighted.‚??
Sly Roxy, who is the first foal out of Roxy Gap, originally left the ring unsold at Keeneland September, as well, on a final bid of $190,000.
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