Sent off the 1.35-1 favorite in what appeared to be an above-average Woodbine maiden Saturday afternoon, Live Oak Plantation's Souper Sensational (Curlin) lived up to her name at first asking, pulling confidently clear to graduate by a bit more than two lengths in a 'TDN Rising Star'-worthy performance.
Beaten for speed, the $725,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga grad sat the box seat from third, but traveled nicely on the bridle, with her chief market rival-'Rising Star' Shirl's Speight's full-sister Speightstown Shirl (Speightstown)–lapped to her outside. The Fipke homebred got first run on Souper Sensational, accelerating from the two path to carry the lead into the stretch, but Souper Sensational had the move covered, descending on Speightstown Shirl approaching the eighth pole before going on to a very soft, 2 1/4-length success. Speightstown Shirl proceeded to gallop out strongly into the backstretch. Diamond Ore (Tapit), a $750,000 Keeneland November weanling and half-sister to the late Arrogate (Unbridled's Song), ran on well for third while no menace to the top two.
The winner's unraced dam is a daughter of Sue's Good News, a Grade III winner and dam of GISW Tiz Miz Sue (Tiznow), whose son Tatweej (Tapit)–a $2.5-million Keeneland September yearling–ran his record to three wins from four starts with a handy Gulfstream allowance score at Gulfstream Sept. 25. Tiz Miz Sue's Group 3-placed 3-year-old daughter Serein (Uncle Mo) also saw action Saturday, dead-heating for second in an allowance race at Chukyo Racecourse in Japan.
5th-Woodbine, C$73,600, Msw, 9-26, 2yo, f, 7f (AWT), 1:23.54, ft.
SOUPER SENSATIONAL, f, 2, by Curlin
1st Dam: Kateri, by Indian Charlie
2nd Dam: Sue's Good News, by Woodman
3rd Dam: Montera, by Easy Goer
Sales history: $725,000 Ylg '19 FTSAUG. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $32,269. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton. Click for the Equineline.com catalog-style pedigree.
O-Live Oak Plantation; B-Newtownanner Stud (KY); T-Mark E Casse.