Saturday, June 27, 2009

Absoulute Heaven, Shared Account turn Bold and Maiden Winners

Absoulute Heaven returned to a familiar course in Belmont Park's turf for the Sabellina, an overnight stake for New York bred older fillies and mares. The race was ran over a yielding turf course as the daughter of Not For Love was to break on the outside of six fillies on the Widener course.

The 5-year-old broke alertly and was accompanied by Follow My Dream to the lead. She tracked that one with composure until Jeremy Rose shook her up- without a whip, and asked for what she had left in the stretch. She had enough left over the bog to hold off all other challengers minus the accomplished Nehantic Kat for Barclay Tagg.

The second place finish for Absoulute Heaven was her first placing in a stakes race. In her last stakes try, she finished just 4 1/2 lengths behind winner Miss Lombardi while finishing eighth.

The following day, it was 3-year-old filly Shared Account's turn to invade the Belmont turf course. While trying green for the first time, the Pleasantly Perfect offspring plotted along while enduring some traffic trouble. Rose, again aboard had to alter her course in mid-stretch and swing outside. Her rally was good enough to grab third.

The Perfect Sting Stakes, a $65,000 overnight, was also the first time Shared Account had grabbed some bold print. The 3-year-old finished behind Dame Ellen and Strike the Bell.

On June 21, Peace Fire became the second of our bundle of 2-year-olds to break his maiden, doing so over the Colonial Downs turf course.

The son of Peace Rules did not show much and raced three wide on the turn behind mediocre fractions of 24.1 and 48.3. Jockey Sheldon Russell swung the juvenile to the four path at the head of the stretch and closed with determination to get up by a neck at the wire.

The colt, out of the Nijinsky II mare Miss Evans finished the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:08.03.

Russell was aboard again for Turf Melody's maiden romp (our third juvenile) on June 26, again at Colonial. First time out, June 10 the $200,000 yearling purchase finished fourth at Delaware. Stretching out to 7 furlongs, the son of Maria's Mon shot to the front and never looked back leaving rivals in his wake. Russell and partner went on to win by 15 1/4 lengths in 1:23.46.

Zimmer, Cherokee Empire, Noah's Dream, Source of Humor and Zilva will each attempt to join the graduated threesome from Sunday through Wednesday.

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