Spring at Last gets third graded stakes winner of 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Seaneen Girl rallied from mid-pack to win Saturday’s $167,550 Golden Rod S (G2) at Churchill Downs (VIDEO), giving freshman sire Spring at Last his third graded stakes winner from his first crop, most among all freshman sires.

Spring at Last ranks second on the Freshman Sire list with $1,144,723 in progeny earnings. The other graded winners for the young WinStar stallion are Spring in the Air (Grade 1 Alcibiades S.) and Spring Venture (Grade 2 Natalma S. and Grade 3 Mazarine S.).

With Pow Wow Wow setting the early pace of :23.85 for the first quarter mile and :48.33 for the half, Seaneen Girl rated in fifth position about three lengths off the lead. She took closer order on the final turn and shifted to the outside to engage Gal About Town, who took over the lead at the top of the stretch. With an eighth of a mile to run, Seaneen Girl put her nose in front and proved best in the final strides. Ridden by Miguel Mena, Seaneen Girl clocked the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.95 over a track rated “fast”

The Golden Rod is one of 20 races on the new point-based “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” series that will determine which 14 fillies will have preference for next Spring's race for 3-year-old fillies..

Prior to winning the Golden Rod, Seaneen Girl, a 2-year-old Kentucky-bred filly out of the Afternoon Deelites mare Afternoon Krystal, finished second to Spring Venture in the Oct. 6 Mazarine, at Woodbine. After that race, she was purchased from Rolph A. Davis and Robert Tiller, who also trained the filly, by her current trainer Bernie Flint and owner Naveed Chowhan.

After the race, Flint explained how the purchase of Seaneen Girl came about. “I saw a couple of the Spring At Last’s run that I really liked and I was looking for one. I saw this filly run in Canada and a guy called me and told me she was for sale. I had to go right away to Canada if I wanted her, so I jumped on a plane and went to Canada, checked her out and then came back home the same day. It was pretty hard to do for an old man (Flint is 72). (Robert Tiller) did an excellent job of breaking this filly and bringing her around. He should get some credit.”

With her Golden Rod win, Seaneen Girl is now 2-1-1 in six starts, earning $170,197.
Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming to race on in 2018 title=

Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming to race on in 2018

Always Dreaming, winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby (G1) and Florida Derby (G1), will return to training in November and be pointed for a 4-year-old racing campaign in 2018, it was announced Monday...

[read more]

Two Keeneland MdSpWt winners for Paynter title=

Two Keeneland MdSpWt winners for Paynter

It was a big week at Keeneland for Paynter, with two impressive maiden special weight winners...

[read more]

Analyze This Jet becomes Overanalyze’s second blacktype winner title=

Analyze This Jet becomes Overanalyze’s second blacktype winner

First-crop 2-year-old Analyze This Jet gave his sire his second blacktype winner Saturday, drawing clear to capture the $75,000 El Joven S. at Retama Park.

[read more]

Tiz a Slam successful in Ontario Derby (G3) title=

Tiz a Slam successful in Ontario Derby (G3)

Tiz a Slam became his sire’s 40th graded stakes winner, drawing off by 3 ½ lengths to win the $125,000 Ontario Derby (G3) Sunday at Woodbine.

[read more]

Happy Like a Fool becomes Distorted Humor’s 58th graded stakes winner title=

Happy Like a Fool becomes Distorted Humor’s 58th graded stakes winner

Making her first start back on American soil, Happy Like a Fool put in a dominating performance in the six furlong Matron S. (G3) Sunday at Belmont Park...

[read more]

Laudation gets up in the E. L. Gaylord Memorial S. title=

Laudation gets up in the E. L. Gaylord Memorial S.

Laudation became Congrats’ latest blacktype winner with her win in the E. L. Gaylord Memorial S. at Remington Park on Friday, 10/13.

[read more]

More Than Ready filly relishes Keeneland turf in Jessamine S. (G3) victory title=
More Than Ready

More Than Ready filly relishes Keeneland turf in Jessamine S. (G3) victory

Rushing Fall swept past the field with an ultra-impressive turn of foot to win the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine S. (G3) for 2-year-old fillies by 3 1/4 lengths on Wednesday afternoon at Keeneland...

[read more]

Roy H headed to Breeders' Cup after Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1) victory title=
More Than Ready

Roy H headed to Breeders' Cup after Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1) victory

More Than Ready's Roy H became the 23rd worldwide Grade 1 winner for his sire on Saturday with a stellar performance in the $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship S. (G1)...

[read more]

Pioneerof the Nile filly wins three-way photo in Swingtime S. title=
Pioneerof the Nile

Pioneerof the Nile filly wins three-way photo in Swingtime S.

Insta Erma surged in the final strides to win the $70,000 Swingtime S. over by a nose over Madame Stripes, with Belvoir Bay just a neck back in a thriller on the Santa Anita turf course on Saturday...

[read more]

Dominant performance for Speightstown mare in $150,000 Distaff title=
Speightstown

Dominant performance for Speightstown mare in $150,000 Distaff

Mayas Queen Neetee cruised to a 5 3/4-length victory in Saturday's $150,000 Distaff S. at Belterra Park on Saturday afternoon...

[read more]