It has been some time in coming, but Stephanie's Secret made her first start on November 13 -- with quite a good showing of Bliss partners there to root her on for her maiden voyage. Other than NYRA not being able to find our silks, the race went without incident and the filly did a nice job for her first outing -- she broke with the field, dropped back and then made a mild run to pass tiring horses in the stretch. Her gallop out was quite good and all this was done on a surface she appeared not to relish -- she didn't have the smoothest action you would want to see as she made her way around the turf course.
In the photo above, Stephanie's Secret with the field the first time past the stands.
It was exciting to be there and much of the fun was in anticipation of seeing how she would do -- it was also nice to see others take note of her. The following appeared in a Blood Horse blog prior to the race touting Stephanie and the Arch filly who won the race:
Stephanie's Secret (Dunkirk - Double Doubleville by Mt. Livermore) is scheduled to make her first start in this big field of New York-breds at Aqueduct. She has primarily been working at Belmont Park, including 4 furlongs in :51.72 on November 6. She is out of stakes-placed Double Doubleville, who was a winner at 2. Double Doubleville has produced 10 winners from 11 to run. Two of Double Doubleville's offspring won at 2, including The Truffle Man, who earned $262,150, and one won on the turf. Double Doubleville is a half sister to stakes-placed Black Canyon. Dunkirk's 38 runners have made 88 total starts, recording 17 wins, 13 seconds, 11 thirds, and earnings of $1,146,287.
As you can see from the photos below, the Bliss partners in attendance had a great time watching their filly prepare for her first start. Trainer George Weaver and his assistant Blair had the filly in great shape and she made a grand showing in the walking ring:
Stephanie's Secret headed to the track for the first time!
Bliss partner, Linda makes apprentice jockey Manny Franco's day!
After ther race, Stephanie's Secret looks good headed to be unsaddled.
It was a respectable first outing and we're hoping that she moves forward with this racing experience. The plan now is to see how she comes out of the race and then target the best next step to move her forward in her racing career. Thanks to Cheryl and Michael for breeding such a pretty filly and to Webb Carroll and Travis for getting her ready to be sent to the track, and to George Weaver, his assistant Blair and their team for ensuring she was well prepared for this first day of racing!
While we thoroughly enjoyed the day of racing, it has been a spectacular fall and we've had some great days on the farm as the photos below attest -- enjoy!
Ishakabibble enjoys her first day in the big paddock, now transitioned from racing:
The loveley Strikealinethruit - in foal to Langfuhr enjoys the sun on a beautiful Fall day.