LEXINGTON, KY (July 5, 2017) – The beautiful, and, yes, sometimes not-so-adorable Adorable Miss is going to being seeing circles if she keeps this up.
On Tuesday, the 4th of July, the 3YO filly by Kitten’s Joy, ran circles around her completion, winning the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes at Gulfstream Park. That victory gave her rider, Tyler Gaffalione, one of his seven wins on the day, and her owner Bill Mathis a reason to both smile and cry all at the same time.
Smile, of course. Winning Stakes Races has a way of doing that to you.
Selling a Stakes winner has a way of doing that to you, too. All the way to the bank. Come this Sunday, July 10, Adorable Miss will be lead into the sales ring circle at Fasig-Tipton on Newtown Road here and will be offered for sale to the highest bidder. And, she may just lap the field in this race to light up the bidding wars and the tote board, too.
“We felt like she’s had a lot of promise from Day 1 and she continues to learn how to run a smart race,” said Bill Mathis, whose Mathis Stable LLC purchased the filly as a yearling for $155,000 at the Keeneland September Sale. Her trainer Todd Pletcher signed the sales ticket that day, acting as agent. “She won the Honey Ryder from a really tough position and came flying home. We knew if she learned to run right, she’d really be something special. Tyler said she had a whole other gear today that he didn’t ask for.”
After the victory in the Martha Washington, Adorable Miss is now an undefeated, but undoubtedly impressive 3-for-3 over the Gulfstream Park turf course. Her only loss in four career starts came in the $200,000 Penn Oaks on June 3.
“Todd and his team did a great job getting this filly ready for today,” said Gaffalione, who was quoted by the press team at Gulfstream Park and reported on at the track’s website: www.gulfstreampark.com. “I literally just had to get around thre. She was all horse today.”
She will be all horse when she steps into that sales ring on Sunday, too. Like her sire, Kitten’s Joy, Adorable Miss can be a handful on occasion. And, honestly, she isn’t always so adorable to be around when she doesn’t get or have her way.
But whomever spikes the top bid when the hammer drops will be getting a Miss who promises to have an adorable, and, possibly, profitable future.
In addition to being sired by one of the world’s top grass sires and one of the world’s most marketable stallions in Kitten’s Joy, Adorable Miss is out of the mare Money Huntress. She didn’t make it to the races, but her mother — the California-bred racing wonder Favorite Funtime – did.
And, oh, how she did.
Favorite Funtime won half of her 14 career starts and earned over $500,000, while racing for trainer Bob Baffert and her owners, Mr. & Mrs. John Mabee and their highly successful Golden Eagle Farm. More impressively, though, Favorite Funtime, who was by the grand stallion Seeking the Gold, stepped outside her comfort zone of facing only Cal-breds to win against open company.
And, some of the best open company you can find anywhere, anytime.
On Feb. 17, 2002, Favorite Funtime – with Gary Stevens in the saddle – captured the G1 Santa Maria Handicap at Santa Anita, going 11/16-miles on the dirt. She beat the likes of Printemps, and Spain, and Queenie Belle that day.
If that isn’t enticing enough to spice up Adorable Miss’s pedigree, just consider that her third dam is Promising Girl – who was multiple stakes placed, as well.
But Adorable Miss isn’t the only glamorous, late addition to the Fasig-Tipton Horses of Racing Age Sale, which will commence a day before the sale’s company’s annual July Selected Yearlings Sale on Monday.
Bronson, another Mathis Stable entry, ran a huge second in the Not Surprising Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Tuesday and he, too, will be offered for sale.
This well-bred son of Medaglia d’Oro now has 8 career starts with 3 firsts, and two seconds for career earnings over $142,000. After running a troubled fifth in the G3 Spiral Stakes at Turfway back in March, Bronson came right back to capture the English Channel Stakes at Gulfstream Park. He covered the 11/16-mile grass course in 1:41.28 and beat the likes of General McGooby, Lunaire, Squadron and others.
General McGooby got a bit of revenge on Tuesday, though, when he went wire-to-wire with rider Ramsey Zimmerman to nip Bronson and keep Gaffalione from breaking Jerry Bailey’s one-day riding title.
Other notable new additions to the Horses of Racing Age Sale include Blue Azul (Hip 514), Compagno (Hip 516), Dilettante (Hip 502), Horse Fly (521), and La Piba (508). La Piba is entered to run in the Ellis Park Turf Stakes this coming Saturday.
For more information regarding the prestigious Horses of Racing Age Sale or the Selected Yearling Sale contact the sales office at Fasig-Tipton at 859-255-1555 or go to www.fasigtipton.com.