UPDATE: Top Maryland distaff sprinters sold
The sprint division for Maryland-based fillies and mares will likely look different in 2022 than it has in years past.
Hello Beautiful and Dontletsweetfoolya, the Laurel Park-based runners who went off the favorite and second favorite in last February’s Grade 3 Barbara Fritchie, both are slated to sell at the Keeneland horses of all ages sale which takes place Jan. 11 through Jan. 14.
Hello Beautiful will sell as Hip 430G, while Dontletsweetfoolya is Hip 841. Both are being sold as racing or broodmare prospects.
Hello Beautiful is the more accomplished of the pair. She’s won 10 of 20 career starts while earning $587,820. Among her victories are eight in stakes company, including three stakes wins in 2021.
She capped a three-race win streak Oct. 23 with a win in the Maryland Million Distaff. That score enabled her to join some elite company, as one of just seven runners to win three Maryland Million races. Among the others: national Hall of Famer Safely Kept and the great Ben’s Cat.
Sad to see Hola head to Keenleland but excited to see her next chapter in life. She’s been an absolute gift to our family. Love you big momma, thank you for everything ❤️ https://t.co/uTd7a3KEC7— Brittany Russell Racing Stable (@BTRracingstable) January 9, 2022
That her most recent win came in the Maryland Million also served as a nice bookend; her first stakes win, in the 2019 Maryland Million Lassie, also was the first stakes win for trainer Brittany Russell.
“Sad to see Hola head to Keeneland but excited to see her next chapter in life,” Russell wrote on Twitter. “She’s been an absolute gift to our family. Love you big momma, thank you for everything.”
Hello Beautiful, a daughter of Golden Lad, was bred in Maryland by Hillwood Stables LLC and is being consigned by ELiTE as agent.
Dontletsweetfoolya, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Stay Thirsty, has won six of her 14 career starts while earning $259,590. She won back-to-back stakes to conclude her 2020 campaign, scoring in the Primonetta and Willa On the Move, both at Laurel Park.
Dontletsweetfoolya has been trained throughout her career by Lacey Gaudet.
“Sad day in our stable as Dontletsweetfoolya heads to @keenelandsales,” Gaudet wrote on Twitter. “I can’t thank her enough for everything she’s done for me but I’m excited to see her next adventure. See you down the road big mare.”
Dontletsweetfoolya is being consigned by Stuart Morris as agent.
Sad day in our stable as Dontletsweetfoolya heads to @keenelandsales. I can’t thank her enough for everything she’s done for me but I’m excited to see her next adventure. 💕 See you down the road, big mare.— Lacey Gaudet (@GaudetRacing) January 9, 2022
* Keeneland beanie totally accidentally pic.twitter.com/WUdKKXKy7B