The Times Square Ball dropped to ring in 2009. Then Barack Obama was sworn in as America’s first African American president. Quality Road won the Florida Derby. Hal Wiggins’ Rachel Alexandra began to dominate. Keeneland opened. Mine That Bird stunned in the Kentucky Derby. Rachel beat the Calvin Borel-less Mine That Bird in the Preakness. Summer Bird emerged in the Belmont. Then SHE won the Haskell. Bullsbay won the Whitney. Shared Account, Sumo, Silver Reunion & Leamington made their first stakes wins, Saratoga stakes wins. Bullsbay ran third in the Woodward. Cherokee Artist won the PID Mile. Goldikova and Conduit repeated in the Breeders Cup. Zenyatta created a new class, above all the others. We celebrated Thanksgiving. Then put the Christmas CD’s in.
Then Saucey Evening won her first race since before any of these events above transpired.
In 2008, the California bred 2-year-old won two $125,000 state-bred stakes by more than 2 1/2 lengths. She ran traffic-endured fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. She was third in the Grade I Las Virgenes. After a freshening that lasted nearly 5-months, she had seemed to be caught up to by the rest of her classmates. On Thursday, Saucey Evening got her edge back.
Sent off at 10-1, the More Than Ready daughter split horses deep in the stretch and gamely prevailed to capture the $61,150 Starine Stakes at Hollywood Park. While the handicappers, wrote her off as stale, the sophomore showed she has conserved herself and returned to form and then some.
The completed time for the mile was 1:35.60. The Chestnut filly paid $23.20 on a $2 win bet.
The Starine is named after the French bred gray mare, who won the Diana, Matriarch and Breeders’ Cup filly & mare turf among others.