Winless since last August, 'TDN Rising Star' Crazy Beautiful (Liam's Map) marked her return to the winner's circle in style, taking Saturday's GII Gulfstream Park Oaks. Sent off at 5-2 while searching for her first graded stakes victory, she was settled at the back of the compact field as 6-5 choice Con Lima showed the way through initial fractions of :24.16 and :48.69. Rallying from the back as the field compressed approaching the quarter pole, the Ken McPeek trainee strode through the center of the group and continued to gain momentum as Millefeuille took over from Con Lima at the quarter pole. Four-wide turning for home and with only Millefeuille to catch, Crazy Beautiful took over midstretch and kicked clear to give McPeek his second consecutive victory in the filly prep for the GI Kentucky Oaks. McPeek won last year's race with Swiss Skydiver, who went on to win the GI Preakness S.
A winner of her first two career starts at Ellis, including last summer's Rising Star performance in the seven-furlong Debutante S., the grey finished runner-up in Churchill's GIII Pocahontas S. followed by the GI Alcibiades S. at Keeneland before capping off the term with a sixth in the Nov. 6 GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Shelved for the rest of the season, she returned with a second, beaten 6 1/2 lengths, by the high-flying front-runner Wolebodemeister (Bodemeister) in the Gulfstream Park Oak prep, the Feb. 27 GII Davona Dale S.
Crazy Beautiful is the fifth graded stakes winner for GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Liam's Map (Unbridled's Song), who will be represented by his fourth crop of racing age in 2021. Liam's Map also was represented by Sir Shackleton S. winner Basin and Churn and Burn, victorious in the GII Pan American S., earlier on the Florida Derby Day card.
Indian Burn, a half-sister to graded placed Christmas Away (Skip Away), produced her most recent live foal in 2019, a filly by Midnight Lute.
Saturday, Gulfstream Park
GULFSTREAM PARK OAKS-GII, $200,000, Gulfstream, 3-27, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m, 1:44.41, ft.
1–CRAZY BEAUTIFUL, 122, f, 3, by Liam's Map
1st Dam: Indian Burn (SW & GSP, $236,158), by Indian Charlie
2nd Dam: Christmas Affair, by Black Tie Affair (Ire)
3rd Dam: Anna Lisa Beth, by Topsider
'TDN Rising Star' 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. ($250,000 Ylg '19
FTKOCT). O-Phoenix Thoroughbred III; B-Carolyn R Vogel (KY);
T-Kenneth G. McPeek; J-Jose L. Ortiz. $121,520. Lifetime
Record: GISP, 7-3-3-0, $388,365. Werk Nick Rating: A.
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2–Millefeuille, 122, f, 3, Curlin–Bandana, by War Front.
O/B-Juddmonte Farms Inc (KY); T-William I. Mott. $39,200.
3–Competitive Speed, 122, f, 3, Competitive Edge–Shopped
Out, by Mineshaft. ($50,000 RNA Ylg '19 KEESEP; $5,000 2yo
'20 OBSOPN). O-John C. Minchello; B-White Fox Farm (KY);
T-Javier E. Gonzalez. $19,600.
Margins: 2 1/4, 1 3/4, HF. Odds: 2.00, 4.30, 18.10.
Also Ran: Con Lima, Pens Street, Bow Bow Girl, Len Lo Lady.
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