By Sarah Mace
It took Joemar Racing Stables homebred Dublin Girl three tries to put it all together to break her maiden, but she handled the tough test of facing winners for the first time on Sunday like a true professional.
The blaze-faced chestnut stalked the leaders, spilt horses and drew off to capture the second running of the featured $100,000 Maddie May for 3-year-old New York-bred fillies, while giving her sire Dublin (Keane Stud) his first stakes winner.
Third in the slop in her October 22 Belmont unveiling, and second in early December at Aqueduct in another New York-bred maiden special weight sprint, Dublin Girl romped by four lengths in her two-turn debut on January 2. On Sunday, she was drawn in post three to go the same 1 mile and 70-yard trip.
Second choice in the betting at 5-2, Dublin Girl settled in fourth just to the inside of narrow favorite Bree’s Got Heart, while Treatherlikestar led the field through opening fractions of 24.89 and 50.71 pressed along by Bliss to You.
The configuration of the runners remained unchanged through the far turn, until Bliss to You went a little wide at the head of the lane, gained a narrow lead, but also opened up a gap between horses. Dublin Girl geared up and threaded the needle just past three-sixteenths pole.
Dublin Girl gained the front and drew off in the final furlong to post a one-length victory in a final time of 1:46.46. Toni Tools, winner last out of the NYSS Park Avenue division with a dramatic last-to-first run on December 18, closed with conviction to get second, while Bree’s Got Heart had to settle for third 1 3/4 lengths back. Rounding out the finishers were Cha Cha Heels, Bliss to You and Treatherlikestar. [REPLAY]
“I was just sitting patient hoping something would open up. I was dedicated to the spot,” said jockey Kendrick Carmouche, aboard on Sunday and for the filly’s maiden win. “She ran on and I’d just like to say thanks to the owners for picking this spot out. It was very successful.”
Winning trainer Dominick Schettino commented, “She’s learning and maturing. She’s handled two turns very well. Her running style is to sit back and stay off the pace. I’m very happy with the race she ran well.”
The conditioner added, “I think the two turns helped her today and moved her forward. She handled the step up in class. It was a team effort.”
Dublin Girl, whose earnings total $110,000 from two wins, a second and third in four starts, is one of four winners, and first stakes winner out of Carson City Girl, a New York-bred winner of nearly six figures by Carson City.
Carson City Girl, who was purchased by Joseph Parisi for $200,000 at the 1999 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale, has a yearling filly on the ground by Alpha and was bred in 2016 to Giant Surprise.