Since finishing third against open maidens on Parx debut May 6, it's been nothing but blue skies for Captain Courtney (Army Mule) and the bay made light work of her first stakes assignment in Monday's Malvern Rose S. at Presque Isle Downs.
Just slightly beaten for speed as Scottish Symphony (Mendelssohn) led from the bell, the $90,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic breezer settled nicely towards the inside and appeared loaded as they neared the stretch. Switched out to deliver her challenge, the response was almost immediate, as she swamped the pacesetter outside the eighth pole and shot clear.
Captain Courtney, puchased in utero for $2,500 at the 20 Previous winners of the Malvern Rose include future Grade I scorers Shamrock Rose (champion) and Just One Time. 20 Fasig-Tipton February Sale, is the eighth stakes winner for Army Mule and is out of a half-sister to MGSW & MGISP Aikenite (Yes It's True). She is the last listed produce for her dam, who sadly died in 2020.
Previous winners of the Malvern Rose include future Grade I scorers Shamrock Rose (champion) and Just One Time.
MALVERN ROSE S., $97,500, Presque Isle Downs, 7-17, (S), 3yo, f, 6 1/2f (AWT), 1:15.95, ft.
1–CAPTAIN COURTNEY, 121, f, 3, by Army Mule
1st Dam: Mareana, by Northern Afleet
2nd Dam: Silverlado, by Saint Ballado
3rd Dam: Silver Clover, by Secretariat
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN. ($90,000 2yo '22 EASMAY). O-Arnold & Susan Davidov; B-Wesley R Bennett (PA); T-Michael J. Trombetta; J-Victor R. Carrasco. $60,000. Lifetime Record: 4-3-0-1, $117,670.
2–Scottish Symphony, 119, f, 3, Mendelssohn–Celtic Cross, by Giant's Causeway. ($235,000 Ylg '21 KEESEP). O-Tracy Farmer; B-Michael Moran (PA); T-Mark E Casse. $20,000.
3–Rusty My Brother, 121, f, 3, Social Inclusion–Estaprimo, by Primal Storm. 1ST BLACK-TYPE. O-Robert D Bone & Edward Rusty J Brown; B-Glenn E Brok LLC (PA); T-Tim Girten. $10,000.
Margins: 6 1/4, 6 3/4, 2HF. Odds: 1.10, 1.40, 3.60.
Also Ran: Wings of a Song, Golden Moonlight. Scratched: Late Frost, Peace in Paradise.
#2 Captain Courtney takes the Malvern Rose Stakes @PID_Casino with ease as the even money favorite!
— TwinSpires Racing 🏇 (@TwinSpires) July 17, 2023