The Equinics this year have a them to honor past Hall of Famers. This particular race honors Solar Song who retired after his last race in 2009. He is a multi-award winning horse, sired by Deputy Minister. Sitting on his shelve are not only the Hall of Fame award, but also the Horse of the Year, Eclipse award and a ribbon for surpassing $10 million in earnings. Actual earnings tallied more than $16 million. He won 21 races over a span of 52 races with the biggest loot coming in the G1 Sand Castle Classic in 2006. Later that year he won the Breeders Bowl Classic.
This race honors Solar Song and is located in Vermont. The race is open to 3-year-old fillies only and is a sprint race at 6 furlongs with a purse of $1.25 million up for grabs. Here’s the field representing the sim universe of residencies:
1 MISS MIRANDA 13/1 is slotted in the 584th ranking position of sprint filly three year olds and has won 3 of 5 starts with one second. She is owned by Haack and is the daughter of Bernardini. After a nice second in her debut last season, she found success in her next pair of starts and was able to cross the line in first. In August she was pressed into a listed stake race where she could not extend her streak, running flat and finishing off the board. She took a long 4-month rest and returned in late December and as the heavy favorite, she was able to conquer a short field of allowance runners. She may be found in the rear side of the field in this race but I think she’ll be eager to show some late run.
2 BOWL OF FLOWERS 11/1 enters in from owner Jbcri09 and is sired by D’Wildcat Road and is ranked 24th in the filly sprint class. She’s earned three wins and has been out of the money only once in 7 career appearances. She is winless in stake racing with four tries, however, she sports a second and a pair of thirds in these races, which includes a third in the G1 Getaway Stakes (7f). She runs just off the lead and can keep the pressure on the front runner. This race may has several speedsters in the field and she may find herself shuffled back further than she is accustomed to. Whether or not that will be beneficial where she can conserve some speed will be proven on the racetrack.
3 BODY’S VISION 20/1 is the daughter of Brody’s Cause and has won four of her five starts and finished second in the non-winner. She is owned by Millerfarm and after starting her career off with that second place finish she has been a fireball and brings a four-race win streak into this event. Her last start was her first in the stake class, racing in the listed class and taking the victory by a quarter stride. She’ll probably be somewhere in the middle of the field in the early going and will try to slither her way through the runners to get to the front and hopes to climb up from her current 117th position in filly dirt sprint runners.
4 OUT OF PROPORTION 11/1 is owned by Dixiedotco and is out of Exaggerator. She enters into the race ranked in the 86th position of three-year-old dirt sprinting fillies and seeks to stride up that ladder. She has hit the board in 5 of her 7 starts and has collected three wins in the process. She loves to run on the lead and the speed brought her a victory in a listed stake event this past November. She has raced twice in the grade level and that is where she has not hit the board. She faded into sixth after setting the early fractions in the G2 Stoker Handicap in June and in her most recent start, finished fifth in the G2 Yanta Snez. Out of Proportion does lend some hope despite these results as she scored a speed of 91 in that last race and her numbers have improved from 79 two races back.
5 EVOLUTIONARY LEAP 5/1 is owned by John5539 and is sired by War Front and is ranked 14th overall. She has had a fantastic career so far amassing 4 wins with two places in six starts. She has not lost by more than a half-length in the two races she did not win which were her only two grade appearances in the G2 Motherly Love (7f) and G3 Adam’s Apple (8f). She is a fast runner and will be seeking to set the pace. She won a listed stake at 5f in January, a nice prep race for this event and she has the talent to go all the way.
6 FADE BACK TO BLACK 5/1 got off to a good start in early 2017 breaking her maiden first time out and finishing second in an allowance in her second start. She climbed the ladder in her next three starts, winning in each wrung as she climbed starting with a listed stake then the G2 Lean Machine and wrapping the win streak up in the G1 Dell Computer Debutante. Things came apart in her next two races at the G1 level. She enters in off an improved second in a listed stake and owner Smokeglack hopes that will fire up this Tapit bred filly who is the topped rank three-year-old in dirt sprints.
7 LOVE DAISES 12/1 is a filly sired by Distorted Humor and owned by Spinround. She is one of the lighter raced entrants in the field with five starts and is holding the 120th spot in the filly dirt sprint class. After finishing second in her first lifetime start, a win streak of three in a row was quickly assembled and was highlighted with a victory in a listed stake event. Her last start was in November in the G3 Adam’s Apple where she was competitive on the front end early on but tailed off in the second half of the mile race, her only start at a mile or more. She is back to a distance that may fit her better and has had a long three-month break.
8 CITY GODDESS 11/1 is ranked 123rd in the filly three-year old sprint class and was sired by City Zip. She has raced in a blend of turf and dirt races as well as allowance and listed stakes. Ove her career, she has been in-the-money in all seven allowance races, including a MSW, with four wins. The struggle for this horse, owned by Dundey, has been in listed stakes. At this level, she has run five times and finished third once. Her best races has been when she gets one of the front three spots in the early going, a feat that has been hard to do at the listed stake level and could again proof even harder in this grade race.
9 ERANDIS 8/1 has been entered by Waremblem 5 and takes on this field with the experience of only three starts. Despite the light racing career, she is nicely ranked 145 in the sprint class and was sired by City Zip. She got a late start in racing, debuting last year in October where she won her first time out. She then ran in in a NW2L allowance where she was second by under a length. Her last start was at the end of January and she nailed a 95 speed and won by a solid two lengths. She’ll sit in a nice and snug mid-field position with hopes to run down the jack rabbits in this field.
10 VINDICATION GONE 7/1 is owned by Dontbetonme and is a filly out of Lion Heart. She has won 5 of 9 starts and ITM 8 times. Her only time off the board was competing in the Breeders’ Bowl Juvenile Filly where she was the third choice but fizzled when asked to go 8.5 furlongs, his only time going a mile or more. She has a win in the G2 Horsehead Juvy last summer which was earned on an off-track. In fact, she’s won all three of her off-track races and could have an advantage if the weather conditions turn nasty. She’s ranked fourth overall in the sprint class.
11 GRATS MAN 24/1 is owned by Lighng99 who has a trillion horses and this gal is sired by Karakontie. She ranks 166th overall and walks into this event with 8 starts and hitting the board 6 times. After some early career struggles in four starts on the dirt, she transitioned over to the turf and was able to break her maiden and also collected a pair of seconds in three runs on the grass. Grats returned to the dirt on New Years day and competed in a listed stake race where everything went just right. After sitting well behind the leader in second she made a nice move to take the win and fired her speed northwood to 88. The gal may just like the dirt after all.
12 EIGHTS HEART YOU 12/1 is further down in the rankings in the 349th position but surely has been moving in the right direction lately. She had a tough pair of starts in her career before having an awakening and breaking her maiden. She followed that with a second with NW2L allowance but being asked to go a mile in her next start was a bit too much. She returned to sprint racing where she has won her last two races for owner Davarto. This Tapit bred filly is expected to position somewhere in the middle of the field and she is showing very good form and her improvement recently should not be taken lightly.
13 MI AMIGA MARIA 15/1 is a four time winning filly out of Verrazano and is owned by Gowans. In eight starts, this 113th ranked sprinter has won half her starts but in the other half she finished in the mid-field and off the board. She has won her last pair of starts and looks to make this a nice addition and addition to her short win streak. Her speeds have improved with an 85 in the first win and most recently a 90 which came in her first listed stake try. She seems more competitive when there is not a lot of fighting for the lead and this race has a number of front runners so this could present a problem.
14 RECORTE 11/1 is the daughter out of Exaggerator and is currently the best baby from this sire. She is currently ranked 13th in the sprint class and is owned by Roys. Recorte won her first four career starts with the streak concluding with a very narrow victory in the G2 Iron Deck. She ran well in the 8.5f Margarine Stakes, finishing third after setting the fractions and tiring in the stretch. Her last start was in the Breeders Bowl Juvenile Filly and that same distance was too much as she finished in the backside of the field. She gets back to a comfortable distance and has been sidelined for more than 3 months. The distance change looks like the right thing, just a matter whether or not she’ll be sharp after the layoff.
5 Evolutionary Leap has not put in a bad race yet, gotta stick with until proven otherwise.
6 Fade Back To Black has had two bad races, both going just over a mile. She’s dangerous in a sprint an needs to be respected.
14 Recorte struggled recently in distances just over a mile, back to the sprint class and should have a better time at it.
9 Erandis popped impressive 95 speed in last and has been bumping up those numbers nicely, not out of it.