By Steve Sherack
Monomoy Girl (Tapizar) isn’t the only comebacking Breeders’ Cup winner set to return at the highly anticipated upcoming Churchill Downs spring meet.
‘TDN Rising Star’ Sharing (Speightstown), a last out 13-1 upset victress of the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita Nov. 1, is being aimed at the $100,000 Tepin S. going a mile on the lawn beneath the Twin Spires May 23.
The Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gainesway Stable colorbearer, a $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling graduate, has been gearing up at trainer Graham Motion’s Fair Hill base, most recently breezing seven furlongs in 1:28.40 (3/7) May 9. She’s won her last three trips to the post, including Laurel’s Selima S. in September.
“Graham Motion has done a really admirable job of finding a balance between getting her race fit while trying to maintain her freshness,” Eclipse President and Founder Aron Wellman said of the daughter of GI Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf heroine Shared Account (Pleasantly Perfect).
“She’s grown, matured and strengthened in all the right ways, and while you never know until you run them as 3-year-olds and verify their brilliant form at two, all indicators are encouraging that she will sustain her top level status.”
Although given time by design since her Breeders’ Cup heroics, Sharing’s sophomore campaign-with potentially some very lucrative targets–is still very much fluid as racetracks continue to re-open amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We had aspirations of sending her to the U.K. to compete at Royal Ascot, as we believe she’s that type of filly, but with so much in flux right now, our only focus is getting a useful race into Sharing to launch her campaign,” Wellman said. “We are grateful racing has re-opened in Kentucky and that we have this opportunity.”
With a ‘Rising Star’ performance in her maiden breaker on the Saratoga main track on her resume from last summer, could a return trip to Louisville for the 3-year-old filly centerpiece on the first Friday in September be in the cards for the Maryland-bred?
“The timing of the [GI] Kentucky Oaks is now more conducive to being able to keep that option in play and it’s a luxury and an honor to be associated with such a top class and versatile filly, but we’re just taking it one step at a time right now and hoping we get what we need to see from her at Churchill Downs on the 23rd,” Wellman concluded.