by Sarah Mace
A prior two-time stakes winner in New York-bred company, and a two-time winner and two-time stakes performer at Woodbine, Team Penney Racing’s homebred Flipcup (Milwaukee Brew) made a return trip north of the border on Sunday a victorious one, rallying from off the pace to win the $125,000 Classy n’ Smart Stakes in the final stride of her third start in 2015.
Breaking from post 8 to go 1 1/16 miles over Woodbine’s all weather surface under Alan Garcia, and settling in mid-pack in the early stages of the race, the Bill Mott-trainee (3-1) stayed out of traffic travelling two-wide through the first turn, three-wide along the backstretch and closing five-wide on the far turn as Silent Treat led the way through a half-mile in 49.96 and three-quarters in 1:14.08.
Swinging out six-wide into the stretch, Flipcup rallied with determination, cutting down her rivals and just catching Obeah Woman, who was making her own bid at the fence from fifth. After a mile in 1:38.16, Flipcup completed the distance in 1:44.38 a neck winner. [VIDEO]
Jockey Garcia reported, “She was so comfortable. I know I lost a little ground in the second turn, but she got the job done. The more I ride, the more she tried. She never gave up. The owner told me she has a good kick, just try and save some ground through the first turn and then come get it. And she did.
“When she saw the horse inside her, she grabbed the bridle and ran on again at the end.”
Winner of the East View Stakes in 2013 at Aqueduct as a juvenile and the New York Oaks at Finger Lakes the following year, and seven more times a stake-placed runner, 4-year-old Flipcup has compiled a record of five wins, four seconds and five thirds from 16 starts and earned a robust $403,852.
Foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, Flipcup is the fourth winner from four starters and lone stakes winner out of Dream Affair, an unraced daughter of Touch Gold out of stakes winner Fleet Wahine, who issues from the family of Canadian juvenile champion Wavering Girl. Team Penny Racing purchased the mare for $11,000 at the 2007 OBS Winter mixed sale.
Dream Affair currently has a 2-year old filly by Giant Surprise who has not yet started, and a yearling colt by Simmard.