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Seaneen Girl, a Woodbine shipper sent off at 31-1, fought her way past favorite Gal About Town in deep stretch to win the Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II). Liberated, who was pinched back at the start, rallied for third in the 1 1/16-mile event.
Making her first start for Dr. Naveed Chowhan and trainer Bernie Flint, the daughter of first-crop sire Spring At Last made her first five starts at Woodbine’s Polytrack surface for trainer Robert Tiller and owners Rolph Davis and Tiller. A $50,000 maiden claiming winner first time out she ran twice at the $40,000 claiming level before a second-place finish at 19-1 in the two-turn Mazarine Stakes (Can-III) Oct. 6. The winner, Spring Venture, is also from the first crop of Spring at Last.
In the Golden Rod, 10-1 Pow Wow Wow set the pace under Calvin Borel while being chased by Cloudy Vow through early splits of :23.85, :48.33, and 1:13.62. Tracking confidently in third was Gal About Town, who followed the leaders while wide around the far turn.
Gal About Town took the advantage in early stretch but was facing a stiff challenge by several horses, including Seaneen Girl and a wide Liberated. Seaneen Girl shook free of the pack and ran down the favorite to hit the line in 1:44.95 under Miguel Mena.
Seaneen Girl paid $64, $21.60, and $9.20. Gal About Town returned $7.20 and $3.40 and Liberated paid $4.80 to show. The exacta paid $271.40 and the trifecta paid $1,867.
The winner was bred in Kentucky by John Trumbulovic and is the fourth foal out of the winning Afternoon Deelites mare Afternoon Krystal. Afternoon Krystal is a half sister to Ellis Park stakes winner Red Raymond. The Golden Rod winner was a $5,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall sale yearling. She was sold to Tiller from the Darby Dan Farm consignment.
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