All roads lead to Rome, they say – well, in Her Emmynency’s case, the road she’s currently traveling is headed for a climactic collision-course with the very best of her generation in the Breeders’ Cup on October 31 after her scintillating win in the Surfer Girl Stakes at Santa Anita today.
The jewel of Dawn and Ike Thrash’s eye, Her Emmynency got a good start under jockey Joe Talamo, who slotted her in behind the leaders for the first portion of the race, then angled her to the inside for a run down on the inner. Once a gap appeared before her, the response was as electric as a lightening rod in the desert, and she scooted to a two-and-three-quarters length victory.
Mike Stidham was understandably elated.
“She got a little aggressive on the first turn and Joe got her to settle behind the leaders,” Stidham said afterwards. “You want a horse that will settle and have the turn of foot on the grass.”
What was especially satisfying about this devastating performance is that Her Emmynency has only three runs under her belt – after breaking her maiden first time up, she ran a nail-biting second in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante on August 30. And after picking up a tasty $101,750 today, the plan now is to come back for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf over a mile on October 31.
“Mike and his assistant, Chris (Davis), they’ve done such a great job with her, getting her ready,” said Talamo. “I’ve been working her since Del Mar. She’s a very classy filly, so professional. She doesn’t act like she’s only two. I’ve seen her turn of foot in the mornings, so I was confident that she would get a mile or more.”
Looking forward to the week ahead, Stidham has entered Partyinslowmotion and Casting at Keeneland and Hawthorne respectively. On Friday, it’s the turn of Shoe Jo and Mi Fiori at Keeneland and Amabile at Hawthorne.
Check back later in the week for all the weekend news.