Windmill, an impressive wire-to-wire debut winner in January at Oaklawn, showed her rating ability and remained unbeaten with a stalk-and-pounce score in the Dixie Belle S. Sunday in Hot Springs.
Breaking on top and never looking back in a four-length victory at 12-1 Jan. 23, the $330,000 Keeneland September buy was made the narrow second choice in this six-horse group and again left the stalls smartly. Taken in hand by Joe Talamo, the bay tracked from the three path in a close-up third as Goin' Good led narrowly through a :22.72 quarter. Pushed on to pick up past the five-sixteenths pole, Windmill poked her head in front of a three-way stretch duel with the frontrunner and favored Abrogate at the furlong grounds and edged away from there to prevail. Goin' Good turned back Abrogate for second money.
With the victory, Windmill becomes the 78th stakes winner for Darley's Street Sense. She is the first black-type performer out of Zaharias, a full-sister to GISW Visionaire and half-sister to GISW Tara's Tango (Unbridled's Song), GSW/MGISP Scarlet Strike (Smart Strike) and GSW Madison's Luna (Tapit). Selling to Nesco II for $270,000 at Keeneland November in 2014, Zaharias is responsible for a juvenile Nyquist colt named Ignitis and returned to that stallion last spring. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
DIXIE BELLE S., $150,000, Oaklawn, 2-28, 3yo, f, 6f, 1:11.14, sy.
1–WINDMILL, 117, f, 3, by Street Sense
1st Dam: Zaharias, by Grand Slam
2nd Dam: Scarlet Tango, by French Deputy
3rd Dam: Silver Tango, by Silver Badge
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN. ($330,000 Ylg '19 KEESEP). O-Fox Hill
Farms, Inc.; B-Nesco II Limited (KY); T-J. Larry Jones; J-Joseph
Talamo. $90,000. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $139,200.
2–Goin' Good, 117, f, 3, Congrats–Good Deed, by Broken Vow.
O/B-Klein Racing (KY); T-Brad H. Cox. $30,000.
3–Abrogate, 119, f, 3, Outwork–Hot Coffee, by Burning Roma.
($75,000 Wlg '18 KEENOV; $270,000 Ylg '19 KEESEP).
O-Alex & JoAnn Lieblong; B-Sandra Sexton & Silver Fern Farm
(KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen. $15,000.
Margins: 1, 1, 5 1/4. Odds: 2.00, 5.60, 1.70.
Also Ran: Big Time, Mariah's Princess, Miss Twenty. Scratched: Heart Full of Soul, Someone Said So.