Society Flies 'High' in Charles Town Oaks

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Peter Blum's Society (Gun Runner) avenged her lone career defeat to date last time in the GI CCA Oaks with a thoroughly dominating performance in Friday's GIII Charles Town Oaks.

Favored on the precipitous drop in class, the beautifully bred chestnut was hustled straight into the lead by Tyler Gaffalione and the duo was pressed along early by 21-1 outsider Chardonnay (Candy Ride {Arg}), with the well-backed Louisiana raider Free Like a Girl (El Deal) not far away in third. Going along easily after four furlongs in a very manageable :46.54, Society faced a mild challenge from Free Like a Girl rounding the turn, but spurted away passing the quarter pole and was punched out for a convincing victory.

Society debuted for trainer Wayne Mackey at Keeneland last October and pulled clear late to graduate by a length at nearly 28-1, keying a $533 exacta and a triple that paid better than $9,700 for a buck. Transferred to the Asmussen barn this year, the chestnut was the 1 3/4-length winner of a sloppy allowance about 50 minutes after Secret Oath (Arrogate) won the GI Longines Kentucky Oaks May 6 and added a front-running victory in the June 18 Monomoy Girl S., but stumbled at the start of the CCA Oaks and beat just one home in fourth.

Pedigree Notes:

With the victory, Society becomes the eighth graded winner for the outstanding Gun Runner and is his second graded scorer out of a mare by Tapit, joining GII Adirondack S. victress Wicked Halo. Also bred on the Gun Runner/Tapit cross is Echo Again, who achieved 'TDN Rising Star' status for a maiden romp at Saratoga Aug. 20.

Produced by a half-sister to GSW Pleasant Prince (Indy King) and hailing from the extended female family of Sovereign Award and Queen's Plate winner Holy Helena (Ghostzapper) and Midlantic-based sire Holy Boss (Street Boss), Society has a 2-year-old half-brother named Punctuality in training at Churchill Downs, a yearling half-sister Finesse (Street Sense) that is cataloged as hip 237 to the upcoming Keeneland September sale and a foal half-brother named Valor (Omaha Beach). Etiquette was put back in foal to Gun Runner this past breeding season.

Friday, Charles Town
CHARLES TOWN OAKS-GIII, $500,440, Charles Town, 8-26, 3yo, f, 7f, 1:23.42, ft.
1–SOCIETY, 120, f, 3, by Gun Runner
1st Dam: Etiquette, by Tapit
2nd Dam: Archduchess, by Pleasant Tap
3rd Dam: My Marchesa, by Stately Don
1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. O/B-Peter E Blum Thoroughbreds
LLC (KY); T-Steven M Asmussen; J-Tyler Gaffalione. $294,055.
Lifetime Record: 5-4-0-0, $545,775. Click for the
free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Click for the
eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Werk Nick Rating: A+++
*Triple Plus*.
2–Free Like a Girl, 120, f, 3, El Deal–Flashy Prize, by Flashy Bull.
($5,500 Ylg '20 ESLYRL). O-Gerald Bruno Jr, Carl J Deville,
Chasey Deville Pomier & Jerry Caroom; B-Kim Renee Stover &
Lisa Osborne (LA); T-Chasey Deville Pomier. $98,055.
3–Midnight Stroll, 123, f, 3, Not This Time–Midnight Magic, by
Midnight Lute. ($14,000 RNA Ylg '20 OBSWIN; $225,000 Ylg '20
OBSOCT). O-Gatsas Stables; B-Carolin Von Rosenberg (FL);
T-John P Terranova II. $49,055.
Margins: 6 3/4, 1 1/4, 4HF. Odds: 1.40, 3.80, 3.70.
Also Ran: Divine Huntress, Chardonnay, Peachy Weachy, Stellar Ride, She's Pure Silver. Scratched: Lady Scarlet. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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