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Fiftyshadesofgold Sparkles in Debutante

Fiftyshadesofgold wins Debutante in Style

Fiftyshadesofgold wins DebutanteOn Saturday, 2 year old Fiftyshadesofgold showed the Kentucky horses at Churchill what being Texas BIG is all about when she won the Debutante Stakes by 8 lengths in a final time of 1:10.63 over 6 furlongs. This is the second win for the filly going 2-0 having won her maiden race by 10 lengths at Lone Star Park last month.  By winning the Debutante, Fiftyshadesofgold gave owner, Clarence Scharbauer Jr. his first stakes win at Churchill Downs since 1988 when Horse of the Year, Alysheba won the Grade 1 Breeder’s Cup Classic in November of that year. Running in the hoof prints of a former Kentucky Derby winner like Alysheba, Fiftyshadesofgold has a lot to prove for Scharbauer Jr, but is well on her way. Trainer Bret Calhoun had this to say about Fiftyshadesofgold’s victory-

 

“I thought it was a monster effort. It was very, very impressive. I couldn’t be more proud of her. She beat those horses pretty handily, and I know there were some nice horses in there. To go what I thought was too fast and then keep running was very impressive.”

Fiftyshadesofgold Showed No Signs of Stopping

FiftyshadesofgoldAt the start of the race, Mi Perlita darted to the front along the rail, but quickly gave way as Trainer Cecil Borel’s More Than Beauty, took the lead. Without hesitation, Corey Lanerie brought Fiftyshadesofgold up 3 wide to vie for the early lead. At this point it was a 3 way struggle between Fiftyshadesofgold, More Than Beauty and Teardrop who ran the first quarter in a blistering early pace of 21.37! Teardrop, feeling the effects of such a fast pace, began to fall back immediately as More Than Beauty and Fiftyshadesofgold fought onward.  Making the turn for home, these two were side by side and many felt that the early fast pace would tire them out, leaving room for Del Mar Holiday to swoop in and steal this one. But the fast pace did not phase Fiftyshadesofgold as she pulled away clear from More Than Beauty by 8 lengths. More Than Beauty held on for second beating Del Mar Holiday and Silver Valley by 5 lengths.

Other 2 Year Old Stakes Winners Last Week

Sweetmarys Success wins J Js DreamAt Calder last weekend, jockey Mike Smith won 2 back-to-back 2 year old stakes races. In the JJ’s Dream Stakes, Smith was aboard Sweetmarys Success who went on to win by 1 ½ lengths. I liked Sweetmarys Success from the start and I feel we should definitely keep an eye out for this one, but the most impressive performance in this race was In Luv With Willie. In the early goings, In Luv With Willie was second to last, but angled out for the stretch run and made an amazing rally for place. This horse was coming on like a train, and I look forward to seeing In Luv With Willie in the future! Check out the replay-

Sweetmarys Success wins J Js Dream Stakes Video

Yes I'm Lucky wins Frank Gomez MemorialIn the very next race at Calder, Smith drove Yes I’m Lucky to a win in the Frank Gomez Memorial. Yes I’m Lucky opened up and won this one by 4 lengths over Brothersofthetime and looked most impressive doing it! Brothersofthetime showed some kick towards the end, so I would definitely keep an eye out for him in future races as he is bound to improve and Casiguapo, who admittedly wasn’t even on my radar, showed a noteworthy performance in his first outing here, coming up for third ¼ of a length behind Brothersofthetime. Here’s a link to that replay-

Yes I’m Lucky wins Frank Gomez Memorial

Conquest Whiplash Wins Victoria StakesIn the Woodbine Victoria Stakes last weekend, first time starter Conquest Whiplash proved me wrong  by living up to her billing and winning this one by 2 ¾ lengths under a hand ride to the finish over the rest of the boys. Very impressive! I liked what I saw from Ba Ba Brett in his first start here coming up for second. I was a little disappointed in Bold ‘n Golden who ran 3rd, but I believe he will continue to improve and is definitely one to watch. He made a late rally chasing six wide into the stretch and I feel if he had made his move a bit sooner, he would have definitely given Ba Ba Brett and possibly Conquest Whiplash a run for the money. Here’s the replay-

Conquest Whiplash Wins Victoria Stakes

Got a line on an up-and-coming 2 year old we should be on the lookout for? Tell us about him/her in the comments section below. We will continue to follow these 2 year olds and update often as new names and players come on the scene and we make our way to next year’s Triple Crown races!

 

 

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Mike Jr, eldest son of Mike Lane Sr, is co-lead author at HandicapHorseRacing.com and was raised on thoroughbred horse racing and handicapping. Although father and son often butt heads on their selections, they both have much love and admiration for the sport. Mike Jr. brings a new, fresh perspective to horse racing and is often in search of new angles to try.

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