Vancouver Filly Remains Unbeaten in Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf

Madone Benoit photo

Kaleem Shah's Madone found running room late and surged to  victory in the Del Mar Juvenile FilliesTurf S. Sunday evening. The favorite was unhurried early and fell well back in the field. Racing keenly behind tepid splits, she took closer order but ran up on heels in the tightly bunched field. Full of run but with nowhere to go nearing the home stretch, the dark bay filly finally found a seam to run through and surged to the wire ahead of Nimbostratus (Fr) (Wooton Bassett {GB}) and Ivy League (Medaglia d'Oro), who had both taken the overland route. Nimostratus just got her nose in front of Ivy League on the wire, but the stewards ruled that the filly had come out and impeded the third-place finisher and their placements were reversed.

The first Northern Hemisphere black-type winner for her reverse shuttle sire, Madone opened her career with a late-running one-length victory over this same course and one-mile distance July 31. The dark bay filly was a $70,000 KEENOV weanling and a $50,000 KEESEP yearling before selling for $125,000 at this year's OBS March sale. Madone's dam has a filly of 2019 by Astern (Aus) and a colt of this year by Cairo Prince. From the family of GI NYRA Mile H. victor Gold Fever (Forty Niner) and SW Emanating (Cox's Ridge), herself the dam of Grade I winner Boisterous (Distorted Humor), she was covered by Gormley earlier this year.

DEL MAR JUVENILE FILLIES TURF S., $83,500, Del Mar, 9-6, 2yo, f, 1mT, 1:39.09, fm.
1–MADONE, 122, f, 2, by Vancouver (Aus)
                1st Dam: Indian Love Call, by Cherokee Run
                2nd Dam: Mood Music, by Kingmambo
                3rd Dam: Lead Kindly Light, by Majestic Light
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. ($70,000 Wlg '18 KEENOV; $50,000 Ylg
'19 KEESEP; $125,000 2yo '20 OBSMAR). O-Kaleem Shah, Inc.;
B-Glendalough LLC (KY); T-Simon Callaghan; J-Flavien Prat.
$48,300. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $81,300.
2–Ivy League, 120, f, 2, Medaglia d'Oro–With Honors, by War
Front. O-LNJ Foxwoods; B-LNJ Foxwoods (KY); T-Richard E.
Mandella. $16,100.
3–Nimbostratus (Fr), 120, f, 2, Wootton Bassett (GB)–Bahama
Spirit (Ire), by Invincible Spirit (Ire). (£65,000 Ylg '19 GOFFPR).
O-Altamira Racing Stable, CYBT and Nentwig, Michael;
B-Laundry Cottage Stud (FR); T-Peter Miller. $9,660.
Margins: HF, 1 3/4, NO. Odds: 1.60, 2.50, 19.90.
Also Ran: Sweetest Angel, Canoodling, Inner Beauty (Ire), Tetragonal (Ire), Frazzled, My Princess Ellie, Super Game, Basilia. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


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