Big Cyn wins first stakes at Grande Prairie

Wednesday, August 30th, 2023

Big Cyn, a 6-year-old mare bred by Patricia Generazio, wins the Paint the Park Purple Stakes at Grande Prairie racetrack in Alberta. Photo courtesy of Angie Patterson/Watson’s Foto Source & Studio

Six-year-old mare Big Cyn added a stakes victory to her 45-start resume in her stakes debut Sunday with a win in the $8,750 Paint the Park Purple Stakes at Grande Prairie in Alberta, Canada.

Racing at 6 furlongs on the dirt, the daughter of Handsom Mike went to the lead and was happy to set the pace. A few others in the five-horse field stayed close throughout when but it was Causin Mischief that made sure Big Cyn had a battle into and through the stretch.

Causin Mischief dug deep to catch Big Cyn and came with a late run but the New York-bred was not to be denied and won by three quarters of a length.

Trained by Kathy McNally for Tracie Gillis, Big Cyn boosted her earnings to $125,540 and scored her first win of 2023 in the Paint the Park Purple.

Bred by Patricia Generazio, Big Cyn started her career at Belmont Park as a 2-year-old and has been well-traveled in her career with races at six tracks in two countries. She improved to 7-for-45 with six seconds and nine thirds.

Big Cyn is out of the stakes-placed New York-bred Rockport Harbor mare Cape Cod Carol.

Cape Cod Carol finished in the top three in 18 of her 32 starts and earned $346,505. The 14-year-old mare went through the sales ring for the first time this year, selling for $1,000 in foal to Disco Partner at Keeneland January to Charles Yochum.

Cape Cod Carol is a half-sister to stakes winner Becky’s Exchange and stakes-placed Believeinmenow. Becky’s Exchange also produced the stakes-placed Keep The Ring while another half-sister produced the stakes winning Saratoga Treasure and April Gaze in addition to Big Brown’s stakes-placed Veterans Beach. Each of Big Cyn’s first six dams have produced stakes performers with five of them producing stakes winners.

Cape Cod Carol is the dam of two winners from four named foals. She also has an unnamed New York-bred Maclean’s Music 2-year-old filly who sold for $9,000 to Elizabeth Barr and Turks Head Turf at the Keeneland January sale.

The mare’s New York-bred filly by Disco Partner sold for $80,000 at this month’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale to C.F.E. Stables. There was no live foal reported for Cape Cod Carol this year, but the mare was bred to Burrow in 2023.

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