Candy Ride's Heavenly Sunday Impressive in Keeneland Allowance

Heavenly Sunday Coady Photography

5th-Keeneland, $100,145, Alw, 10-28, (NW1X), 2yo, f, 1mT, 1:36.88, gd, 2 3/4 lengths.
HEAVENLY SUNDAY (f, 2, Candy Ride {Arg}–Alien Giant {SP}, by Giant's Causeway) was hammered to 7-5 favoritism on debut Sept. 27 against a Horseshoe Indianapolis 7 1/2-panel maiden turf race, and made it look like a gift when she won by seven, geared down lengths. Once again enthusiastically supported at 8-5 here, she mildly brushed with the inside horse at the jump but secured a ground saving position from midpack early. Advancing between runners approaching the five furlong marker, she loomed the danger around the far turn and slipped to the inside of the leader through a narrow hole at the three-sixteenths. Kicking away in the furlong grounds, she put a comfortable 2 3/4 lengths on Isabel Alexandra (Ire) (Expert Eye {GB}), who experienced tight quarters in upper stretch while searching for racing room.  The latter's conditioner claimed foul against Florent Geroux and Heavenly Sunday, but the stewards disallowed it. The second winning filly to the races from two to hit the ground, Heavenly Sunday's dam aborted her 2022 Game Winner foal and visited The Factor for 2023. Alien Giant is a stakes-placed daughter of MGISP Alienation (Rock Hard Ten), herself half to GISP Rally Cry (Uncle Mo). The Grade I black-type extends to the fourth dam Extraterrestral (Storm Bird), who is the half-sister to millionaire MGISW Judge Angelucci, GISW War, and GISW Peace. Sales history: $170,000 RNA Ylg '21 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $82,633. Click for the Equibase.comchart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

O-Miacomet Farm (William Harrigan); B-Randal Family Trust (KY); T-Brad H. Cox.

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