Lope De Vega's Quantanamera Slays Winterkonigin Rivals

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Jurgen Sartori's unbeaten 2-year-old filly Quantanamera (Ger) (Lope De Vega {Ire}–Quaduna {GB}, by Duke Of Marmalade {Ire}) posted an impressive three-length debut success tackling nine furlongs at Dortmund last month and blitzed those that dared once more in Sunday's G3 BBAG Preis der Winterkonigin, Germany's premium event for juvenile fillies, at Baden-Baden. The well-backed 6-4 favourite was sharply into stride from the outside stall and bowled along under a firm hold on the front end. Settling the contest in an instant when shaken up at the top of the straight, she left toiling rivals trailing in her wake from the quarter-mile marker and quickened clear in impressive fashion before gearing down inside the final furlong to easily outclass Empore (Ger) (Oasis Dream {GB}) by an untroubled 8 1/2 lengths.

“After Quantanamera had worked two weeks ago, I said to my wife that we might have a really exceptional horse in the stable,” Cologne trainer Andreas Suborics told GaloppOnline after registering a first win in the one-mile contest. “She is the best filly I've ever had in training and my pulse was racing today. It was a gala performance and she will now get entries for all the major races, including the [G1] Prix de Diane, but we will enjoy this success first.”

Quantanamera, a half-sister to Listed Prix Le Fabuleux runner-up Quello (Ire) (Soldier Hollow {GB}), becomes the 61st pattern-race winner for her sire (by Shamardal) and is the third of five foals and second scorer from as many runners out of dual G3 Premio Verziere victrix Quaduna (Ger) (Duke Of Marmalade {Ire}). Quaduna is the leading performer for G2 Schwarzgold-Rennen winner Quelle Amore (Ger) (Monsun {Ger}), herself a full-sister to Listed Prix Max Sicard victor Quidamo (GB). Quelle Amore is also kin to Listed Badener Steher Cup winner Qsar (Ger) (Tiger Hill {Ire}). Quaduna, who hails from the family of dual Group 1-placed G2 Preis der Diana (German Oaks) and G2 German 1000 Guineas heroine Que Belle (Seattle Dancer), has a yearling filly by Saxon Warrior (Jpn) and a weanling filly by Too Darn Hot (GB) to come.

Sunday, Baden-Baden, Germany
BBAG – PREIS DER WINTERKONIGIN-G3, €155,000, Baden-Baden, 10-16, 2yo, f, 8fT, 1:44.58, sf.
1–QUANTANAMERA (GER), 128, f, 2, by Lope De Vega (Ire)
1st Dam: Quaduna (GB) (MGSW-Ity & SW-Ger, $129,881), by Duke Of Marmalade (Ire)
2nd Dam: Quelle Amore (Ger), by Monsun (Ger)
3rd Dam: Qelle Amie, by Beau Genius
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN; 1ST GROUP WIN. (€200,000 Ylg '21 BBAGS). O-Jurgen Sartori; B-Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof (GER); T-Andreas Suborics; J-Martin Seidl. €85,000. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, €89,200. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree, or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Empore (Ger), 128, f, 2, Oasis Dream (GB)–Elora (Ger), by Alkalde (Ger). 1ST BLACK TYPE; 1ST GROUP BLACK TYPE. O/B-Gestut Rottgen (GER); T-Markus Klug. €31,000.
3–Tamarinde (Ger), 128, f, 2, Amaron (GB)–Tadai (GB), by Dai Jin (GB). 1ST BLACK TYPE; 1ST GROUP BLACK TYPE. O-Rennstall Gestut Hachtsee; B-Gestut Hachtsee (GER); T-Peter Schiergen. €20,500.
Margins: 8HF, SHD, NK. Odds: 1.50, 4.90, 4.40.
Also Ran: Elle (Ger), Colonia Victoria (Fr), Taiora (Ger), Extrabunt (Ger), Laguna Beach (Ger), Northern Starlet (Ire), Kleeblatt (Swi).

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