Only a 2 1/4-length defeat to eventual Grade II stakes-placed runner Nakatomi (Firing Line) against the boys on Keeneland debut Apr. 14 stands between Happy Soul and a perfect record. She has since been dominant against her peers, with a near 12-length victory May 13 at Belmont Park and a carbon-copy masterclass June 3 in the venue's Astoria S. as the 1-9 chalk.
Making her 3-year-old bow here, the even-money favorite broke in line with the field and was asked to track the front-runner from third on the rail. Shoulder to shoulder with her competition but not yet asked, Happy Soul kicked clear of the longtime leader in midstretch to win by three lengths under wraps. Verylittlecents closed belatedly for second.
Her dam's most recent stakes winner, the victress is a half to a yearling colt by Good Magic and her dam is expecting a foal by Audible this season. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
DIXIE BELLE S., $150,000, Oaklawn, 2-19, 3yo, f, 6f, 1:10.44, ft.
1–HAPPY SOUL, 119, f, 3, by Runhappy
1st Dam: Cowgirl Lucky, by Stephen Got Even
2nd Dam: Energise, by Woodman
3rd Dam: De La Devil, by Devil's Bag
($50,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP). O-Gayla Rankin; B-Harris Training Center, LLC (KY); T-Wesley A. Ward; J-John R. Velazquez. $90,000. Lifetime Record: 4-3-1-0, $238,500. *1/2 to Corral Nocturne (Emcee), SP-Jpn, $656,030; 1/2 to Calgary Caper (El Corredor), GSW, $335,895.
2–Verylittlecents, 119, f, 3, Goldencents–Pinch Me, by Arch. ($50,000 Ylg '20 KEEJAN; $85,000 RNA 2yo '21 OBSMAR). O-Randy Patterson; B-Kellie Holland, Tim Holland & Ramon Rangel (KY); T-Randy L. Morse. $30,000.
3–Hypersport, 115, f, 3, Blame–Good Witch Glinda, by Unbridled's Song. ($25,000 Wlg '19 KEENOV; $100,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP). 1ST BLACK TYPE. O-Muddy Waters Stables LLC; B-Carrie Ann Walker (KY); T-Ingrid Mason. $15,000.
Margins: 3, 2HF, HF. Odds: 1.00, 8.60, 6.20.
Also Ran: Wicked Halo, Pretty Birdie, Ding Ding. Scratched: Com' On Sweet Luv, Icy Stare Down.