Saturday, January 10, 2009 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 10, 2009 . . . Proud Heiress surprised everybody but her connections at Turfway Park Saturday, taking the $50,000 Wishing Well Stakes at odds of almost 33-1.
Commenting on his confidence in Proud Heiress's chances despite an off-the-board finish in the Weekend Delight stakes at Turfway last fall, winning trainer Wayne Mogge said, "She won two at Presque Isle, so she definitely likes the all-weather tracks. She did run sixth [in the Weekend Delight], but that was actually a really good race. She made a big move up the inside and only got beat about three lengths [3 3/4]. It was nose-nose-nose from third on back, so we thought we could as easily been third as sixth. And we've always had high aspirations for this mare.
"The main thing with her is that you’ve got to get her in a spot where she doesn’t get stopped, because it's hard to get that motor charged again."
True to form, Pola's Place went to the front early and at one point down the backstretch led by nearly six lengths. After clocking the first two quarters in :22.08 and :45.58, she hit the top of the stretch in :58.42 and was still about two lengths best heading into the final half-furlong. Behind her, Miss A. Bomb held second and Proud Heiress had closed to third, but neither seemed able to advance. Then, racing on the outside in the middle of the track, jockey Julio Felix roused Proud Heiress at about the sixteenth pole and was rewarded with a burst of new speed, a fluid lead change, and a 1 3/4-length win. Miss A. Bomb went with her and finished second, while Afleet Angel, the 2-1 favorite, gained late to finish another length back in third.
Final time for the six furlongs was 1:11.65. Proud Heiress paid $67.80 for the win.
Finishing fourth through 12th were Solarana (ARG), Pola's Place, Mrs Petoski, Valentine Fever, Conjuress, School Girl, Vote Early, Altered State, and Bellicose.
The win was the first stakes victory for the five-year-old Proud Heiress, who began her career at age four and now has three wins, two seconds, and two thirds in 10 starts for career earnings of $97,526. The Broken Vow mare is owned by Michael Cavey. Felix picked up the mount in the absence of Scott Spieth.
Racing continues Sunday at Turfway with first post at 1:10pm.