Thursday, June 23, 2011

Summer night belongs to Sultry Gibson

Clifford Dooley gunned his filly from the 10-hole at the get-go and Sultry Gibson took a full field of $5,000 claimers practically gate-to-wire Thursday night at Charles Town to score her second lifetime victory.

Snow Ace, starting just inside 5/2 second-choice Sultry Gibson as the No. 9, briefly led in the early strides. But Sultry Gibson had gained a four-length advantage over the field within the first quarter-mile and was still three lengths on top in the stretch. She won by a length and a quarter over 7/5 favorite Get Right To It, who got up for second by a neck over So Serene. Snow Ace hung around for fourth.

Sultry Gibson is owned by Jocelyn Dickey McKathan and is trained by Melissa Hunt. She was bred in Florida by North Star Equine Inc., and has now won twice from 11 starts for $39,685.

I shortlisted the bay daughter of Gibson County-Sultry Peg Cee, by Sultry Song, as a "Priority 3" horse for a bargain-seeking client at last year's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale of 2-year-olds in training. She breezed a solid-for-the-sale 10.3 as Hip 347 at EASMAY, but was withdrawn on sale-day only a few-dozen lots before going through the ring.

While Sultry Gibson has slipped to the $5,000 claiming ranks, she's been a useful racehorse, making 11 starts, winning as a juvenile, once dead-heating for second in allowance company (in a four-horse photo) and taking fourth in a Charles Town stakes race as a 2-year-old.

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