Monday, March 9, 2009

2009 Herringswell 3-year-olds taking form

While veteran big-hitters Better Talk Now and Rebellion take the winter off, our new faces at the races are showcasing their stuff.

Augustin Stables' trio of 3-year-olds include Saucey Evening, Smart Bid and Spring Party. Their sophomore seasons are underway in Southern California and early signals are promising.

Saucey Evening (More Than Ready) concluded her 2-year-old season with two respectable performances, a fourth place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (where she finished just 2-lengths behind the winner) and a last-to-first victory in the $125,000 California Breeders’ Champion Stakes. Thus far in 2009 the chestnut filly has turned in a close third in the Grade I Las Virgenes and a fourth in the China Doll Stakes.

Smart Bid (Smart Strike) captured an impressive January allowance on the grass at Santa Anita. He followed that up with a stakes appearance, a sixth place finish in the Sham Stakes. Smart Bid is a half brother to our very own Deal Making.

Spring Party (Smart Strike) is the least experienced of the three but did not show it while breaking her maiden traveling one mile over the Santa Anita turf. Spring Party's dam is Surf Club, who is a half-sister to Awesome Humor, most notably a winner of the G I Spinaway, and a runner up in the legendary Alabama Stakes.

At Palm Meadows there is another young three-some that warrant attention.

Sumo (Fusaichi Pegasus) is an improving Arthur Hancock homebred. Nick-named the "little monster" by his groom, Sumo hardly resembles his namesake. Most recently, Sumo finished a tough second in the G III Sam Davies at Tampa Bay. His next start will be in the Tampa Bay Derby, Saturday March 14.

Shared Account (Pleasantly Perfect) graduated in each of her first two career starts before before finishing sixth against stakes company for the first time in the G II Davona Dale.

Now and Forever (Maria's Mon) has finished second in both career tries.

Saucey Evening has wins over both the turf and
Pro-ride synethic course.