Foxysox, winner of four stakes in 2006, is back in training, and trainer Carla Gaines believes the filly may be ready in time to defend her Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) title Dec. 1 at Hollywood Park.
“She’s just starting her breezes on the road back to the races,” Gaines said. “She’s doing tremendously well.”
Owned by Warren Williamson, who also has the undefeated Nashoba’s Key heading to the Breeders’ Cup, Foxysox is a 4-year-old daughter of Foxhound—Triple Tricks, by Royal Academy.
“We turned her out for three or four months just to give her a break,” Gaines said.
Williamson purchased Foxysox and brought her over from England after she had finished third twice in five starts there. She broke her maiden at Santa Anita Park in early 2006 and before the year was out had added the China Doll Stakes and Providencia Stakes (gr. IIIT) in the winter at Santa Anita, the Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIIT) at Hollywood Park in the spring, and the Bayakoa at Hollywood in the fall.
Foxysox finished seventh in the March 25 Santa Ana Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita in her only 2007 start. She had earlier developed a quarter crack that was under control, but when she pulled the shoe off that foot in the Santa Ana, Gaines and Williamson elected to give her a rest.
“We just thought, ‘Let’s just turn her out, let the foot grow out, and give her some time,’” Gaines said. “She’d run for over a year with no break. We turned her out, and it seems like she’s grown. We had looked at her in Europe as a 2-year-old and thought that she would develop. But I don’t think I knew that she would grow into the beautiful mare that’s she’s grown into.”
The $150,000 Bayakoa is for 3-year-old and up fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on the Cushion Track. All of Foxysox’s races have been on turf except for the 2006 Bayakoa, which came over Hollywood’s Cushion Track.