Pricey Bernardini Debutante Romps in Belmont Graduation


Velvet Sister | Coglianese

3rd-Belmont, $78,300, Msw, 6-10, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f, 1:06.47, ft,
9 3/4 lengths.
VELVET SISTER (f, 2, Bernardini–Backslash, by Sharp Humor), bought for $500,000 after breezing a :10 1/5 furlong at Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream, debuted a sharp maiden winner Thursday at Belmont for Stonestreet Stables and Steve Asmussen. Showing a quartet of half-mile works at Keeneland, highlighted by a :47 2/5 (5/99) spin from the gate May 8, and a pair of maintenance spins over the local training track, the New York-bred was made a distant 12-5 second choice in a three-horse field behind 1-2 Chad Brown firster Gerrymander (Into Mischief). Out-breaking that rival as remaining foe Amazing Dream (First Samurai) stumbled, the bay dictated terms narrowly while pressed by the favorite through a :22.72 quarter. Gerrymander began to come under more urging nearing the stretch as Joel Rosario sat chilly on the frontrunner, and Velvet Sister shook away outside the furlong grounds, driving clear from there to win wrapped up late by 9 3/4 lengths. Gerrymander, who swapped leads several times in the stretch, was second; Amazing Dream never got involved. The winner is a half-sister to My Boy Tate (Boys At Tosconova), MSW, $584,988. Her dam is responsible for a yearling Frosted filly and foaled a filly by Congrats Apr. 9. Sales History: $165,000 Ylg '20 FTKSEL; $500,000 2yo '21 FTFMAR. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $49,500. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
O-Stonestreet Stables LLC; B-Michelle Nevin & Godolphin (NY); T-Steven M. Asmussen.

Not a subscriber? Click here to sign up for the daily PDF or alerts.

Liked this article? Read more like this.

  1. Uncle Mo's Gulfport Gallops in Bashford Manor
  2. Gunite Returns to Winner's Circle in Maxfield
  3. Monday's Racing Insights: Pricey Gun Runner Filly Debuts at Churchill
  4. KEESEP '20 Topper Dominates Belmont Turf Unveiling
  5. Life Is Good As Good As Ever in Nerud

Never miss another story from the TDN

Click Here to sign up for a free subscription.