Frankel Having Huge Day at Churchill
Updated: Sunday, May 4, 2003 9:47 AM
Posted: Saturday, May 3, 2003 4:11 PM
Photo: Mike Corrado
Frankel runs the table early on Derby Day.
After Juddmonte Farms' filly Sightseek won the Humana Distaff (gr. I), trainer Bobby Frankel had his third graded stakes winner on Saturday's card, leading up to his sending out Empire Maker in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
In the Humana Distaff (gr. I), he sent out heavily favored Sightseek to an easy win under Jerry Bailey. The race prior, he won the Citgo Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIIT) with Heat Haze and he also saddled Aldeberan to victory in the Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II).
"I knew I was going to be in behind horses and I knew I was going to have to be patient," said Bailey. "On the turn I had a lot of filly and I knew I just had to wait for something to happen; for a seam to open. I had to guess whether the four (Miss Lodi) or the five (Flaxen Flyer) would drift and when I saw the hole happen I had plenty of filly to go through there. She has lots in the tank."
Sightseek had run second to top fillies her last three starts, all at Santa Anita. She found this field much more to her liking, the outcome never in doubt.
Second choice Gold Mover ran second, with Miss Lodi third. Slews Final Answer, Spring Meadow, Flaxen Flyer, Sixtyone Margaux, and Palmarola completed the order of finish.
Like Heat Haze, Sightseek is owned by her breeder, Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farm. Abdullah, who rarely attends the races in North America, was on hand at Churchill Saturday, and in the winner's circle following both stakes wins.
Sightseek is a 4-year-old filly by Distant View out of the Nureyev mare Viviana. She has won five of nine starts, the other four all second-place finishes.
She ran the seven furlongs in 1:22.12 and paid $3.60, $2.60, and $2.40. Gold Mover returned $3.20 and $2.80 and Miss Lodi paid $3.20. The exacta was only $8.60.
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