WELL-ATTIRED SHE’SAROLLINGSTONE A FIRST-OUT WINNER
Clothes make the person, so they say, and sometimes they make the horse, too.
Take the case of She’sarollingstone. The three-year-old Bourbon Courage filly won at first asking in a $40,000 maiden special weight event Saturday afternoon at Pimlico Race Course, and owner John Davison was quick to assign credit where it belonged: the jockey’s pink and red silks.
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“It was the lucky silks,” he joked following the race. “We had the wrong silks for about six months: they were fuschia and red as opposed to pink and red.”
A bit of confusion in a silks order left the Davisons in the wrong colors, right up until Saturday morning.
“I got [the right silks] from Cathy Morse, Stitches by Chloe, and she delivered them this morning,” Davison said.
Suitably attired, jockey Horacio Karamanos delivered a flawless ride, and the result was a half-length win in a modest 1:12.53 for six furlongs on a fast main track.
Karamanos had She’sarollingstone perched three wide and off the battling speed of Bestla and Sugar Snap in the early going. The two leaders duked it out through an opening quarter-mile in 23.18 seconds and a half-mile in 47 seconds flat.
As the field neared the quarter-pole, favored Miss Bosconovitch began a four-wide move from farther back, and Karamanos gave She’sarollingstone her cue. Inside the eighth pole, She’sarollingstone moved clear, but just as she did, Sparkle Plenty, a well-regarded daughter of Uncle Mo trained by Justin Nixon, kicked in a late run while farther out on the course.
At the end, She’sarollingstone held off Sparkle Plenty to earn the win. It was another 2 ½ lengths back to Royal Appointment in third, while Miss Bosconovitch, off at 6-5, faded to finish fourth after looming a threat in upper stretch.
Davison said he expected a strong outing from his filly.
“She’s had some nice works,” he explained. “I don’t think she’s been all out in our works, and they really liked her a lot at the farm, and they said she was really competitive.”
She’sarollingstone is a daughter of Bourbon Courage out of the Student Council mare Taylor Jagger. She’s the first foal out of Taylor Jagger, a six-time winner on the track who earned nearly $150,000. She was bred in Maryland by Anchor and Hope Farm, which also stands Bourbon Courage, and fetched a price of $17,000 from Davison when offered at auction as a yearling.
“She was a Maryland-bred,” Davison said of his runner. “When you can buy a decent looking horse for $17,000, plus she looked like she would grow into herself, she was a bit immature.”
That assessment proved to be correct. She’sarollingstone had timed works on the page dating back to the beginning of January, but it was nearly six months from the first of those to a first start.
“It just took her a long time to come into herself. But, you know, she’s always shown ability,” Davison said. “And, you know, trainer Damon Dilodovico took his time with her — I think her shin was bugging her at one point — and he just did a nice job with her.”
And, of course, having the right silks helped, too.