Thursday, August 28, 2008
SPRING MAMBO COULD BE READY FOR SATURDAY’S TWIN LIGHTS
The $65,000 Twin Lights Stakes on Saturday offers 3-year-old fillies the opportunity to go long on the turf. In races like this mile and an eighth, breeding is important, a factor which gives Hardacre Farm’s Spring Mambo a leg up on the opposition.
The bay miss was sired by Kingmambo, a multiple stakes winner out of the dual Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Miesque, and produced by Chaposa Springs, a Baldski mare who won 12 stakes during her career.
However, she also suffered an injury in that race which has kept her sidelined for nearly two months and has owner-trainer Amy Tarrant awaiting the results of a blood test before committing to Saturday’s race.
“A clod hit her in the eye in that race she won,” Tarrant said, “and it became ulcerated. She needed medication 10 times a day for a while there to treat it.
“When she got over that, the first time I breezed her (Aug. 10), she tied up. She seemed okay the last time she breezed (Aug. 21), but we’ll get the results of the latest blood work tomorrow. If it comes back okay, she’ll run Saturday.”
Spring Mambo had been second on both turf and dirt before breaking her maiden on grass, indicating she’s inherited the best of both her parents. Kingmambo did all his running on the grass, while Chaposa Springs was a Grade 1 winner on the main track.
“She’s a very talented filly,” Tarrant said, “and if she’s ready, she’ll go in the Twin Lights.”
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