Freedom Star May Want a Piece of that Apple Pie…

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Busy on the Derby Trail,  I’ve been lost in translation chasing who’s hot and who’s not and haven’t written a blog in 3 weeks!.  It’s getting very close to separating the contenders from the pretenders and the thrill of April 30 and May 1st quickly approaching is just too exciting!

Lots of great fillys and Mares but one that stands out at the moment is front running Freedom Star who dominated the Azeri Stakes and is looking hot, and ready to rumble!  She once again had a gate to wire win this past Sunday in the Harry Henson H. Stakes at Sunland Park to rack up a second consecutive win.

4-year-old daughter of Street Cry under the reigns of Bob Baffert is one fast filly, and definitely a “star” to watch.  When challenged by her competitors she is able to literally run them down. Could Freedom Star be ready to bite into the magical apple and face some real contenders in the Apple Blossom Invitational (gr1) on April 9?

If Freedom Star does make it to the Apple Blossom, it will be a very interesting race.  We’ll see if she is up for a match with big sis Zenyatta who is also out of Street Cry.  Wow, some really big shoes to fill and a really big piece of pie to eat!  With that said, I’m sure Dad is very proud of his two daughters…

Desperately Seeking Christine Daae…

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Like many of you I was really looking forward to seeing Christine Daae run in the Davona Dale.  When they announced that she was scratched I was disappointed. After Watching  her “Rachel-like” victory in her Maiden run at  7f   I had huge hopes for another victorious win from this fillie!  Out of Giant’s Causeway-Descapate, by Dehere… whats not to like?

So what happened, and why was she scratched?  Well, her connections decided to race her the next day in a $48K Allowance with Corey Nakatani still the jockey.  She ran a similar race to her last, this time stretching out to a  1  1/8.  The pace was set at 23:50, 48:36.  Christine Daae followed close behind the pace set by Kitty in a Tizzy.  She moved to the lead at the 1/4  pole still under a hand ride,  and at the 1/8 pole  moved away by 2 lengths to the lead.  Corey Nakatani probably hit her twice, and the rest was a hand ride to victory. She won the race by 2  1/2 lengths.  The final time was 1:50.

While I was desperately seeking Christine Daae, her connections knew what they were doing.  They  stretched her out nicely in an Allowance Race at  9f,  so word has it that that they are anticipating the “Bonnie Miss S.” on March 20th which is at 9f  with a purse of $200K.

Bonnie Miss, meet Christine Daae…