The Highly Regarded Gamine Digs In to Stay Perfect


Gamine (inside) | Coady

7th-Oaklawn, $61,000, Alw (C), Opt. Clm ($100,000), 5-2, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m, 1:41.91, ft.
GAMINE (f, 3, Into Mischief–Peggy Jane {SP, $102,050}, by Kafwain) a jaw-dropping front-running debut winner for Bob Baffert to become a ‘TDN Rising Star’ at first asking at Santa Anita Mar. 7, dug in gamely to stay perfect at Oaklawn Park Saturday. Taking on two turns for the first time here, the 3-5 favorite established early command passing the empty grandstand for the first time and was on the engine through fractions of :23.29 and :46.54. She let it out a notch as they hit the quarter pole and looked to be on her way, but fellow California invader Speech (Mr Speaker), a last out runner-up in the GIII Santa Ysabel S., had other ideas. Speech tipped out in the stretch and took a big swing at Gamine, but the latter was up for the challenge and dug down gamely to hold that one off by a determined neck. Gamine topped last year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old Sale, bringing $1.8 million from Michael Lund Petersen. Purchased by Brad Grady’s Grand Oaks for $220,000 at Keeneland September as a yearling, the bay blossomed into a seven-figure juvenile after breezing in :10 flat (see below) for Bobby Dodd in Timonium. Gamine is out of SP Peggy Jane (Kafwain) and hails from the family of Canadian champion Dynamic Sky (Sky Mesa). Peggy Jane is also responsible for the 2-year-old colt Splashtown (Speightstown) ($300,000 FTKOCT yearling purchase by Frankie Brothers); a yearling filly by Ghostzapper; and a colt foal by Kantharos. Sales history:$220,000 Ylg ’18 KEESEP; $1,800,000 2yo ’19 EASMAY. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $69,600. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Michael Lund Petersen; B-Grace Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY); T-Bob Baffert.

WATCH: Gamine breezing at last year’s FTMMAY sale

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