Saturday, April 30, 2011

Prize Doll takes Tampa turf trial among maidens

Stakes horses proving just a bit too tough, Prize Doll found fellow non-winners a bit more to her liking. She came away with her first lifetime victory on Saturday, winning by two lengths over 70/1 long-shot Marciane in a turf maiden $40K event going a flat mile at Tampa Bay Downs.

I recommended the chestnut filly by Pure Prize-Doll Baby, by Citidancer, as Hip 970 at last year's OBS April sale, where she failed to sell for a top bid of only $17,000. She debuted at age 3 in stakes company, finishing last of six, but within hailing distance of the others, in the OBS Sprint S. (filly division) at Ocala Training Center, a race in which fellow sales-tip Take Me To Zuber ($28,000 OBSAPR Hip 629) was second.

Ridden by Daniel Coa on Saturday at Tampa, Prize Doll got a shot at nine of her fellow maidens and made good on it, running down the potential shocker Marciane in the stretch to win by a widening two lengths in 1:38.93.

Prize Doll was bred in New York by Edward Seltzer and David Cassidy. She is trained by Curtis Garrison for Seltzer, who campaigns her solo. The win earned Prize Doll $8,700.

She becomes the 76th of my 187 juvenile sales selections of 2010 to break maiden; that's 40.6 percent.

In other Saturday sales-tip results, Wrapped in Gold (Touch Gold-Miss Ginalie, by Skip Away, $10,000 OBSAPR Hip 139) won a claimer going a mile and a sixteenth on dirt at Hawthorne. She has two wins from nine starts for $15,716. Silver Jo (Silver Train-Bolsa, by Mr. Prospector, $12,000 OBSAPR Hip 814) was second among NW2L claimers at Delaware Park, and Vital Victory (Bwana Charlie-Victory Chime, by Polish Numbers, $20,000 OBSAPR Hip 634) was a distant second among maiden-claimers at Calder.

Meanwhile, on Friday in Korea, Kidari Joe (Tiznow-Trickle of Gold, by Formal Gold, $20,000 OBSAPR Hip 545) won his third race in six starts at Busan; he's earned about $84,140 in U.S. equivalent. In that same "Foreign Class 3" race, Fleeting Joy (Kitten's Joy-Speedy Sunrise, by Cherokee Run, $7,500 OBSAPR Hip 476) finished third. Fleeting Joy has earned about $48,909 with one win and four other placings from nine starts.

Follow all 187 sales picks, and nine that I panned, at the bottom of this prior post.

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