Saturday, January 9, 2010 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 9, 2010 . . . Proud Heiress earned her second straight Wishing Well Stakes trophy Saturday at Turfway Park, closing steadily off a wide turn to grab the lead in the final strides. Rodney Prescott was aboard for the winning ride.
Mindy Queen finished a half-length behind in second after setting the pace at :22.59, :46.38, and :58.83. Irish-bred Rinterval tracked the early pace from sixth and dueled with Mindy Queen in the stretch but settled for third, another length back.
Proud Heiress came in to the Wishing Well off a seventh-place finish in Turfway's Holiday Inaugural Stakes on November 29, her first start off a six-month layoff.
"She absolutely needed her last race," said winning trainer Wayne Mogge, "but there was a little bit of a tactical error, too. She was fresh, and the jockey kind of kicked her a little early in the race, and she closed into a real fast pace too early and then flattened at the end. She was a little more fit today and we used a little different strategy."
Proud Heiress finished the six-furlong Wishing Well in 1:11.96. Sent off the 2-1 favorite, she returned $6.60, $3.40, and $2.60.
Finishing fourth to last were Candy Cane, She's Extreme, Ruffaroundtheedges, School Girl, Firey Glow, and Beautiful Venue. Mohegan Sky and Silky Kitty were scratched by their trainers.
A six-year-old mare by Broken Vow out of Raise a Carter, Proud Heiress now has 4 wins, 4 seconds, and 3 thirds from 15 career starts. In addition to her two stakes wins at Turfway, she is twice graded-stakes placed. She has earned $176,966 for her owner, Michael Cavey.
Mogge plans to bring Proud Heiress back on Lane's End Stakes day in late March for the Queen Stakes but is undecided on her next start. "There's a little bit of a gap in between, so we discussed that if she ran well we might consider taking her to Gulfstream," he said. "I have horses down there, so we might start her once on the turf there and then bring her back for the Queen."
Live racing continues Sunday at 1:10pm.