If you would have asked us two weeks ago where New Day Dawning was going to run, the Forward Gal would have been about 3rd or 4th choice. But, this is a great example of being nominated to all the possible stakes and being prepared to make quick decisions. The racing office called Rodolphe earlier this week and told him that the race was coming up light if he had a filly that he thought would fit the race. Luckily, New Day Dawning fit that prescription and the Stablemates Syndicate finds itself competing in a graded stakes race.
On paper the heavy favorite Tonalist’s Shape looks very daunting having won all three of her starts, including a last out nine length victory at Gulfstream. Also, in the field that needs respect is the #4 Street of Dreams who is bred to relish the slop and took to it like a duck to water in her last out victory at Churchill Downs with a 79 beyer. Also, Compensate who is the only other multiple winner in the field was flattered by Cruise and Danze who came back and won the Ruthless Stakes after defeating her last time out. Compensate will also need to move up her speed figures considerably just as will New Day Dawning to be competitive in this field.
If we get the wet weather that is possible for Saturday at Gulfstream it could help move New Day Dawning up over some of her competitors as her breeding suggests she will relish an off going. New Day Dawning’s post position once again is good and has her drawn to the outside, where if she breaks well and straight she should be able to sit another stalking trip. It is a tough ask for her to step up against graded stakes competition but we believe she has the talent to be competitive. Also, this is a very good opportunity in a short field to get graded placing black type for her which is crucial for a filly of her value.
In the Issue…
Having published nine print issues to date, we are excited to break new ground once again with the first digital issue of Constellation to complement our two print issues in the spring/summer and fall/winter.
With WinStar celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2020, Tom Law takes a look back at memorable moments during our successful two-decade run and what we are doing to ensure sustainable growth for future success.
Also, Sid Fernando investigates the impact that winners of the Florida Derby have had on the stallion ranks over the last 25 years. And Amanda Duckworth previews the year ahead for the four WinStar stallions—Exaggerator, Outwork, Speightster, and Tourist—with first 2-year-olds this year.
As we continue our journey of celebrating the Thoroughbred industry with our partners, shareholders, clients, and passionate enthusiasts, and showcasing everything that makes the business so special, it is my sincere hope that the engaging articles and images we have put together for this digital edition of Constellation inspire you to Dream Big. See you in the spring.
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Abounding Joy kicked off the new year with a runner up effort first off the bench in the Interborough S at Aqueduct.
We knew going in it was going to be ambitious to run in a 7f Stakes against in form fillies and she performed up to expectations. The daughter of Champion sire Quality Road; Abounding Joy didn’t disappoint and gave us great confidence coming out of the race that a potential stakes win this season is achievable. There were so many positives to take away from this performance.
Abounding Joy broke alertly and sat in a good stalking position. It was good to see her put herself into the race off the layoff and Junior Alvarado wasn’t having to push her to engage. Turning for home she put the pressure on the front runners and made a strong move to put away the early pacesetters but could not hold off Saguaro Row, a filly that their connections have had high hopes for and is already an established stakes filly with graded placings.
Abounding Joy did not give up and fought through the wire, diminishing the lead that was put on her with every stride. She cooled out well and scoped clean after the race but was definitely tired as would be expected. We will monitor how she trains once returned to the track in the next several days and begin to discuss options with Bill Mott. We couldn’t have been happier with Abounding Joy’s comeback performance and she looks to have returned to the races in career form.
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Here we go, the 2020 Stablemates Racing Syndicate is ready to get the season started with stakes action. Abounding Joy is entered in the Interborough Stakes at Aqueduct and is installed at 5/1 on the morning line. Abounding Joy is a filly that we had high hopes for in 2019 before going to the sidelines, she returns to Aqueduct the site of her best career race and is now in the care of the hall of fame conditioner Bill Mott.
Saguaro Row the 2-1 morning line favorite is a stakes winner over the course, winning the Pumpkin Pie Stakes in November and most recently 2nd in the G3 Go For Wand Stakes in December beaten by G1 winner Spiced Perfection. Our Circle of Love is the 5/2 second choice coming off a 2nd place finish in the Garland of Roses beaten by Pauseforthecause, who Abounding Joy beat by 3 lengths in her victory at Aqueduct.
Abounding Joy has been training well and we expect a good performance. The race is at 7 furlongs and a very difficult distance to return off a layoff, many in the field have been running over the last several months and will have a fitness advantage. Her post position is ideal, if she is able to break well Junior Alvarado should be able to sit a nice stalking trip on the outside and be in the mix turning for home. Abounding Joy could get tired the last eighth having not raced in 234 days but we expect a big effort. Good luck to everyone!