Filly Awesome Debate first progeny winner for Honorable Dillon

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

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By Sarah Mace

New York freshman sire Honorable Dillon got his first progeny winner Monday when Awesome Debate scored a professional 2-length victory in a maiden special weight for juvenile fillies at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack.

A grey/roan filly bred, owned and trained by Charlie Baker, Awesome Debate broke cleanly from post four to go five furlongs as the 3-1 second choice in the field of six first-time starters.

Racing between horses in the early going, Awesome Debate kept her mind admirably on business and, by the turn, managed to outduel a tenacious Maizelovesbrownies.

Cutting the corner neatly, Awesome Debate drove for the wire with good energy, drew off, and secured the victory by two lengths under jockey Luis Perez.

No Stone Unturned, the post-time favorite, tried to close after a poor break, but was unable pose a serious threat and had to settle for the place. Honorable Rose, a second filly in the field by Honorable Dillon, closed from last to complete the trifecta. The final time for the five panels over the fast track was 1:00.30 [VIDEO REPLAY]

Awesome Debate is out of Healthy Debate, a New York-bred winner by Freud who has produced three winners from three foals to start. She also has a yearling full-brother to Awesome Debate and a colt by War Dancer foaled on May 8.

Honorable Dillon, by Tapit, stands at Lere Visagie’s Rockridge Stud in Hudson for a 2018 stud fee of $5,000. Bred by Robert B. Trussell Jr. and campaigned by Joe Bucci, Honorable Dillon broke his maiden at Saratoga as a juvenile and raced for three seasons, winning the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes in 2013. He retired with a 3-2-1 record out of 15 starts and earned $233,649.

Honorable Dillon has sired 80 foals of racing age.

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