November 16, 2017 - Churchill Downs, Race 8, Msw, USD $60,000, 6F

Cicatrix, f, 2, 2015 by Violence

1st Dam: Provincial (MSP, $176,507), by Pulpit
2nd Dam: Colonial Review, by Pleasant Colony
3rd Dam: Dance Review, by Northern Dancer

Owner: Bill Witman
Breeder: CESA Farm (KY)
Trainer: Ian R. Wilkes

Cicatrix took a bunch of play for a patient first-out barn and backed up that support with a dominant front-running success at Churchill to become the second ‘TDN Rising Star’ of the day. The dark bay flashed talent in a 1:00 3/5 (1/19) local gate breeze Nov. 5 and followed up with a sharp half-mile spin in :48 1/5 (5/82) a week later. Backed to 51-10 off of a 12-1 morning-line quote, the $85,000 KEENOV grad punched through at the rail to lead narrowly from a longshot through a :22.67 quarter. Inching away on the turn in hand past a :46.85 half, Cicatrix quickly separated herself from the pack after straightening for home and never gave any late-runners a chance, coasting home 7 1/4 lengths to the good. Cheeky Cherub (Pioneerof the Nile) was up late for the place.

The winner is the 20th for her freshman sire (by Medaglia d’Oro) and his second Rising Star (Barry Lee). Her second dam Colonial Review (Pleasant Colony) is a MSP half-sister to GISWs Another Review (Buckaroo) and No Review (Nodouble). Provincial is responsible for a yearling Hard Spun colt and foaled a filly by The Factor this spring before being paired with Maclean’s Music.

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