In our new Big Move of the Week, we feature one horse each week who impressed and might warrant a spot on your watch list.  For the week ending January 11, that horse is a just-turned three-year-old filly named Sneaky Fair.

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  • Last race: Making her career debut, Sneaky Fair found herself in last place, some 15 lengths behind the leaders, after a half-mile in the one-mile test for $40,000 maiden claiming fillies, prompting track announcer Dave Rodman to say, “Sneaky Fair really has to pick it up now.”  And so she did, looping wide midway around the turn, finding clear sailing six wide, and cruising to a 5 1/2 length victory while ridden out.
  • Meant for bigger and better: We don’t typically pick maiden claiming winners for Big Move of the Week laurels, but this is a runner that might be destined for better: she’s a daughter of well-regarded sire Elusive Quality, and while her dam, Ydillique, by Sadler’s Wells, has been unsuccessful to date as both a racehorse (winless in nine tries) and a broodmare, once upon a time, she had plenty of promise: she was sold as a yearling at Keeneland in 2006 for $600,000.
  • Big day: Rider Nik Juarez piloted Sneaky Fair on her worst-to-first journey.  The win was the fourth of the day for Juarez and turned out to be merely another notch in his belt; he finished with six wins.
  • Solid connections: Sneaky Fair is trained by Graham Motion for Wertheimer and Frere, who also bred her.  The latter’s many outstanding runners include the great Goldikova, three-time Breeders’ Cup Mile winner.
  • Video notes: As the video begins, Sneaky Fair is in last, well behind the rest of the field.  After the transition, you can see her beginning her move while drifting wide, though still to the rear of the field; later she disappears from view on the far outside before reappearing.
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(Music used in this video: First Call, by Kevin MacLeod (, Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0