March 11, 2017 - Santa Anita, Race 4, Msw, USD $54,000, 5 1/2F

Paradise Woods, f, 3, 2014 by Union Rags

1st Dam: Wild Forest, by Forest Wildcat
2nd Dam: Uforia, by Zilzal
3rd Dam: Long Legend, by Reviewer

Owner: Steven Sarkowsky, Martin J. & Pam Wygod
Breeder: Herman Sarkowsky (KY)
Trainer: Richard E. Mandella

Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella told TDN that he still had “a lot of high hopes� for Paradise Woods (Union Rags) following her debut second behind ‘TDN Rising Star’ Delitefull Lady (Dialed In) as the 6-5 chalk after setting a hot pace at Santa Anita Jan. 26. You can certainly see why now. Favored at 4-5 in her comebacker on the GI Big ‘Cap undercard, Paradise Woods showed a new dimension this time and settled nicely while racing in fifth while under a snug hold through an opening quarter in :21.86. She revved up while at least four wide off the turn for home and blew them away once sat down for the drive to score by 4 1/4 eye-catching lengths. True Testament (Hansen) was second. The winner’s unraced dam Wild Forest (Forest Wildcat), an $85,000 purchase by Damian and Braxton Lynch’s Royal Oak Farm at the 2015 KEEJAN sale, has also produced the stakes winner Forest Chatter (Dixie Chatter) and a Blame filly in 2016. She was bred back to Palace Malice. Paradise Woods’ second dam is a half-sister to the late top sprinter Mr. Greeley and this is also the extended female family of GI Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense.

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