Friday, June 10, 2011

Vital Victory maintains newfound winning ways

After 15 fruitless tries, Vital Victory finally decided that winning was so nice she'd do it twice.

On May 15 at Calder, the filly became the 80th horse from my 2010 list of juvenile sales prospects to clear her maiden hurdle, doing so in her 16th start, for a $12,500 tag. Today at Calder, she stalked the leaders and edged away in the stretch, collecting her second consecutive win by two lengths in $10,000 claiming company.

I recommended Vital Victory (Bwana Charlie-Victory Chime, by Polish Numbers) before she sold for $20,000 as Hip 634 at last year's Ocala April sale of 2-year-olds in training. She was unplaced from eight starts at 2, but has a pair of wins and three second-place finishes from nine starts thus far at 3. ... She's sound enough, at least.

I liked that the filly comes from good female stock; dam Victory Chime was a G3 winner (and stakes producer) and second dam Topacio was champion older mare in Uruguay. Victory Chime has produced several other multiple-winners who, while not always stellar, were sturdy.

Vital Victory has now earned $25,182, at least a little bit more than she cost at the sale.

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