Amazing Day

I went shopping all day today and only just got around to looking at the results.  Third, third, third, third, third!!!  The chances of that was pretty amazing, but good runs for everyone, certainly no disgraces there.  The next race was the All Along Stakes with Shared Account and I was thinking, surely another third is too much to ask!!  Phew, it was – she was FIRST!!!  Our lovely Graded Stakes winner is so consistent and competitive.  She was second twice last year in Grade I’s and is now the winner of 5 races and loves the 1 1/8 mile distance.  Last year she had never really run on ground better than soft and Graham always wondered if firmer ground would make a difference – not!!!  Many congratulations to Sagamore Farm.

I have to tell you one of her endearing habits.  Everyone at the barn knows that I go around and feed peppermints.  Some horses are always waiting, some come to the door if they are not busy doing anything else and some really don’t care either way.  Not Shared Account – she NEVER misses!  There has not been one time!  In fact the other day was very amusing as her hotwalker was opening a peppermint for her and Becky the barn foreman came up on her other side also with a peppermint.  Shared Account could not believe her eyes.  A quick left, right and they were both gone in a flash!

She also is very kind to Betsy the goat.  She pushes her hay to the front of the stall so Betsy can pull it through to munch on all afternoon.  Betsy has her water bucket there too so she spends a lot of time with her.  In the winter she chooses to sleep in her stall as well.{jcomments on}

Sunday’s Thoroughbred Times:

Shared Account shows her class in All Along Stakes

Sagamore Farm’s Shared Account showed her class on Saturday as she rolled from off the pace for a one-length length victory in the $145,750 All Along Stakes (G3) at Colonial Downs.

The four-year-old Pleasantly Perfect filly, making only her second start of the year, had posted only one win from six previous starts on turf, but among those efforts were second-place finishes in last year’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (G1) at Keeneland Race Course and Garden City Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. Shared Accountentered the All Along off a fourth-placefinish, beaten by three-quarters of a length,in the Gallorette Handicap (G3) on May 15 at Pimlico Race Course and was sent off asthe 2-to-1 favorite for trainer Graham Motionin the 11⁄8-mile turf race.

Darley Stable’s Tizaqueena, the second bettingchoice at 2.70-to-1 odds, quickly tookcharge and set reasonable fractions of :24.53for the first quarter and :49.66 for a half-mileas Shared Account settled into third then fourthunder jockey Edgar Prado.

Turning for home, Tizaqueena was fighting to hold off the challengeof Casablanca Smile (Chi) as Prado moved Shared Account outsideof the leaders. The three battled through the lane before SharedAccount edged clear nearing the finish line.

Dynaslew rallied from midpack to take second by a nose over Tizaqueena and Casablanca Smile, who finished in a dead heat for third.

Shared Account crossed the finish line in 1:49.16 on firm turf for her second stakes victory. She won last year’s Lake Placid Stakes (G2) at Saratoga Race Course.

Bred in Kentucky by William Carl, the bay four-year-old filly was purchased by Sagamore for $170,000 at the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale and has earned $446,560 and five wins from 12 starts.

She is out of the winning Smart Strike mare Silk n’ Sapphire, a half sister to graded stakes winner and producer Sapphire n’ Silk, by Pleasant

Tap.—Ron Parker

 

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