Monday, August 06, 2012
SPECTACULAR SKY DAZZLES IN BARB’S DANCER
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (August 5, 2012) – In a performance reminiscent of her commanding 9 ¼-length front-running allowance win at Calder Casino & Race Course in mid-July, Miller Racing, LLC’s Spectacular Sky captured the first stakes race of her career on Sunday when leading throughout to take the $55,000 Barb’s Dancer, covering the 6 ½-furlong distance in 1:17.04.
Trained by Marty Wolfson, who saddled three of the six fillies in the Barb’s Dancer and finished first, second, and third, Spectacular Sky was a bit lax out of the gate but was pushed to the lead aggressively by jockey Luis Saez to set opening fractions of :21.82 and :44.99.
Never presented with a challenge down the backstretch, Spectacular Sky cleared the turn with a three-length advantage, and the result was never in doubt down the lane as the filly coasted under the wire 4 ½ lengths clear of her nearest pursuers, stable-mates Indulgence and Nakano.
“I still had a lot of filly left,” Saez said of Spectacular Sky. “She was much the best today.”
A popular winner at odds of 4-5, Spectacular Sky returned $3.80, $2.80, and $2.10 for the victory. Indulgence paid $7.60 and $3.80 for second, while Nakano brought back $2.60 when beaten a nose for third.
Bred in Kentucky by John and Mildred Joyce, Spectacular Sky is now a four-time winner in 15 career starts with lifetime earnings of $187,106. The daughter of Sky Mesa began her career in southern California where she finished second in the Grade 3 Las Flores Stakes in mid-March, three months before arriving at the Wolfson barn in south Florida.
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