Second in two tough spots in her last two outings, ‘TDN Rising Star’ Talk Veuve to Me made the grade Saturday night as an overwhelming favorite. Away without incident, the dark bay chased in second under a firm hold through splits of :23.17 and :46.66. She took over with total ease midway on the bend, and rider Julien Leparoux hadn’t moved a muscle as they straightened. Figarella’s Queen looked for a brief second like she might make the favorite work for it, but Talk Veuve to Me hit another gear when called upon and she cruised away to score as she pleased while wrapped up late.
“I’ve been watching her races–she’s got that tactical speed,” said Julien Leparoux, who was partnering with Talk Veuve to Me for the first time. “[Molecules] wanted to be on the lead, but [Talk Veuve to Me] relaxed beautifully off of [that one]. She’s push button. On the second turn, I just let her go on her own. I didn’t really ask her. She went to the lead and relaxed again and went on in the straight again. She’s a very nice filly.”
Second behind Harbor Lights (Shackleford) in her Ellis unveiling some 11 months ago, Talk Veuve to Me resurfaced at Fair Grounds Mar. 25 to romp by 11 1/4 lengths ahead of two next-out graduates including now two-for-three stablemate Abounding Joy (Quality Road). Team Valor International bought in off of that race, and the investment looked a promising one when the she completed the exacta in the GII Eight Belles S. May 4. She was second last time in the GI Acorn S. June 9 behind GI Kentucky Oaks heroine Monomoy Girl (Tapizar), and was testing two turns for the first time here.
“She showed what I was expecting her to show,” said trainer and co-owner Brisset. “It was maybe a little quicker than what I was thinking on paper. But she took the lead pretty easy. You could see that she was looking around a lot, just went to the wire cruising.”
He continued, “She’s very unlucky being born in one of the best years–how many good fillies do we have this year, between Monomoy Girl, Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute) and Red Ruby (Tiznow) and I’m sure I’ve left out some. It’s a very, very strong year for 3-year-old fillies. I don’t know where everybody wants to go. She may have to face them and turn the table on some to be in the top three. But we are what we are.”
Talk Veuve to Me is the seventh stakes winner and second graded winner for her second-crop sire (by Medaglia d’Oro). Her dam, a full-sister to SW and MGSP Winning Point, sold for $40,000 at the 2014 Keeneland November sale with the winner in utero. She sold a year later to Korea Bloodstock for just $1500 in foal to Shackleford.
Saturday, Indiana Grand
INDIANA OAKS-GIII, $200,000, Indiana Grand, 7-14, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m, 1:43.15, ft.
1–TALK VEUVE TO ME, 115, f, 3, by Violence
1st Dam: Biblical Point, by Point Given
2nd Dam: Bibical Sense, by Blushing Groom (Fr)
3rd Dam: Star in the North, by Northern Dancer
‘TDN Rising Star‘ 1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES
WIN. ($45,000 RNA Wlg ’15 KEENOV; $20,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP;
$95,000 RNA 2yo ’17 OBSMAR). O-Team Valor International,
Rodolphe Brisset & Stephen McKay; B-JSM Equine LLC (KY);
T-Rodolphe Brisset; J-Julien R. Leparoux. $117,600. Lifetime
Record: GISP, 5-2-3-0, $319,400. Werk Nick Rating: A+.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. 2–Figarella’s Queen, 121, f, 3, Medaglia d’Oro–Nereid, by Rock Hard Ten. ($250,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Qatar Racing Limited, Hunter Valley Farm and Detampel, Marc; B-Baumann Stables, Edward Bradley & Dr. Aaron Sones (KY); T-Brad H. Cox. $39,200. 3–Kelly’s Humor, 116, f, 3, Midnight Lute–Cauy’s Humor, by Distorted Humor. ($29,000 Ylg ’16 FTKFEB; $35,000 Ylg ’16 OBSAUG). O-Thrash, Ike and Dawn; B-Chappell Alpine Farm (KY); T-Brad H. Cox. $21,560.
Margins: 4 3/4, 6 3/4, HD. Odds: 0.10, 13.70, 9.00.
Also Ran: Skeptic, Harbor Lights, Molecules, Diamondcoat. Scratched: Haynesfest. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.