Monday, August 8, 2011

Today was the day for Be That It May

She didn't sell at Ocala's 2010 April sale of 2-year-olds as no buyer was willing to offer more than $18,000 for her, which wasn't enough to meet her sellers' reserve. And she didn't break maiden among special weights at a major meet like Gulfstream Park in the winter or Saratoga in the summer.

But as of this afternoon, Be That It May is a winner, and the 98th to break maiden among my 187 sales selections from various 2010 juvenile auctions.

Be That It May placed twice in five starts at Philadelphia Park/Parx Racing before shipping north and dropping "south" to the $5,000 level to find her friends at Suffolk Downs. But she dispensed with those new playmates handily Monday, despite stumbling at the break and drifting out on the turn for home. The bay filly led at every call and covered a muddy 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:07.51 to defeat 6-year-old debuter (yes, you read that right) Classy City Lady by 5 1/2 lengths under Jacqueline Davis.

The daughter of Proud Accolade-Miss Angel T., by Talc, was bred in Florida by Norman Casse. She is now owned by Nicole Hedus and trained by William C. Hedus. She has earned $10,720 from six starts.

I recommended Be That It May prior to her going through the ring as Hip 136 at OBSAPR 2010. She only brought a top bid of $18,000 despite a 10-flat breeze and her being both the daughter of a stakes-winning dam and half-sister to G2 winner PROFIT OPTION. Her family displays considerable soundness: Her dam raced 43 times, and her sturdy dirt/turf-routing son (Be That It May's half-brother) Super Twenty Five (Valid Appeal) raced 62 times, Profit Option made 27 starts, and several others made starts numbered in the 20s and 30s. So even if she stays at this low level, perhaps Be That It May can run on as a useful, if modest claimer for years to come.

Regardless, as winner No. 98 from the class, 52 percent of my 187 selections have now broken their maidens.

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