July 27, 2017 - Saratoga, Race 5, Msw, USD $83,000, 5 1/2F
Sly Roxy, f, 2, 2015 by Speightstown
1st Dam: Roxy Gap (Ch. female sprinter & older mareCan & MGSW, $952,790), by Indian Charlie
2nd Dam: Harts Gap, by Saint Ballado
3rd Dam: Special Test, by Hawkin's Special
Owner: George Yager
Breeder: Blue Heaven Farm (KY)
Trainer: Mark E. Casse
Sly Roxy broke well from her far outside draw, stalked the pace and kicked clear to a decisive first out tally in a race rained off the turf at Saratoga Friday. The first foal out of three-time graded stakes winner and Canadian champion older mare and female sprinter Roxy Gap (Indian Charlie), she was never far back in second behind a quarter-mile in :22.56, seized command coming off the turn and rallied clear to notch a convincing 5 1/2-length victory. Gio Game (Gio Ponti) completed the exacta.
Roxy Gap is herself a half-sister to SP Cummings Road (Speightstown). The winnerâ€™s second dam, Harts Gap (Saint Ballado), captured two stakes events, while third dam Special Test (Hawkinâ€™s Special) was a multiple stakes winner. Roxy Gap produced a filly by Medaglia dâ€™Oro in 2016, a filly by Empire Maker in 2017 and was bred back to Pioneerof the Nile this spring.
RNA Proves to be Blessing in Disguiseâ€¦
When Sly Roxy RNAâ€™d for $195,000 at OBS March after breezing inÂ :10 flat, owner George Yager was disappointed at first as she was one of three horses purchased by bloodstock agent David Meah for his first yearling to 2-year-old pinhooking venture.
That initial disappointment turned to excitement Thursday as the daughter of two-time Sovereign Award winner Roxy Gap (Indian Charlie) charged home to aÂ â€œTDN Rising Starâ€?-worthy 5 1/2-length victory on debut in a sloppy off-the-turfer at Saratoga. The bay is now under consideration for a possible start in the GII Adirondack S. Aug. 12, according to trainer Mark Casse.
â€œShe had me screaming,â€? Yager told theÂ TDNÂ Thursday afternoon. â€œShe worked quick at the Ocala sale, but they just didnâ€™t go for her. Mark told me she could run and now here we are talking.â€?
The Los Angeles, California, resident continued, â€œI was a little upset about not being able to sell her because the whole intention was to pinhook. I knew Roxy Gap was trained by Mark at Woodbine, so I contacted Mark and he said he would be delighted to train her. Now we are both delighted.â€?
Sly Roxy, who is the first foal out of Roxy Gap, originally left the ring unsold at Keeneland September, as well, on a final bid of $190,000.
â€œShe was my top pick and the most expensive purchase I made in September,â€? said Meah, who is an assistant to trainer Richard Baltas in addition to his bloodstock work. â€œI went back to the barn and they said the owner really wanted $200,000. I said I wonâ€™t give you $200,000, but my offer of $175,000 stands until noon tomorrow. Sure enough, they took the offer and we took her straight down to Robbie Harris [of Harris Training Center] in Ocala with the intention of pinhooking her.â€?
With her pedigree and physical, Meah thought a fast breeze would make her an expensive juvenile and was initially thrilled with her :10 flat work.
â€œWe were all excited, but there was something about the work,â€? Meah, who purchased GISW Union Strike (Union Rags) at theÂ 2016 OBS April saleÂ on behalf of the Ruis family, explained. â€œShe didnâ€™t really stride out as good as weâ€™d hope and I know because I am looking at 2-year-olds to buy. She still worked fast and came out of it good, so I called the George and said, â€˜I kind of hope she doesnâ€™t sell unless we get double the money, like $400,000 or something.â€™ He set the reserve at $200,000 and when she didnâ€™t make it, I was actually quite happy.â€?
While Sly Roxy may have taken some time to return Yagerâ€™s investment, one of the horses Meah purchased for the 71-year-old provided the pinhooking success he was looking for. AÂ Scat Daddy coltÂ out of Trusty Lady, purchased for $100,000 at Keeneland September, summoned $400,000 from Narvick International at the OBS April sale after breezing inÂ :10 flatÂ (ClickÂ hereÂ for OBS April story).
â€œI had been using another bloodstock agent and didnâ€™t have any success, so I gave it a yearâ€™s rest and decided I wanted to pinhook. So I called up David and said, â€˜Go down there and see what you can find,'â€? Yager said. â€œHe found three for me, Sly Roxy, a Scat Daddy and a Temple City filly [now named Temple Princess], who is being trained by Jeff Mullins [after RNAing for $37,000 at OBS April].â€?
Yager, who is a consultant in the entertainment industry, has been involved with Thoroughbreds for over