Bohemia Stable's Shine Again, ridden by Jean-Luc Samyn, caught Dream Supreme in the final strides to win by a head in the $150,000 First Flight Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares. Shine Again carried 116 pounds over the seven furlongs in 1:23.21 on a fast track and paid a winning mutuel of $11.40 for her second victory in her last three starts. In both of those recent victories, Shine Again upset a favored Dream Supreme.
"She's a lovely filly. I'm so happy I could win this for Allen (Jerkens, trainer of the winner). I noticed that the 3- and 4-paths were the places to be, and I tried to put my horse there. I saw the 2-horse (Kalookan Queen) go inside of Dream Supreme and figured it would be a mistake. She didn't do any running after that. My filly was just so game through the stretch."
"This is really special for us. It makes it nicer that Mrs. (Allaire) duPont bred the horse," said Jerkens. "She worked well up to the race. The key lately for her is that we found out she doesn't have to be on the lead. If she had to with the slow pace, she could."
After winning the seven-furlong Ballerina Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga, Shine Again stretched out to a mile and finished second to Tugger in the Noble Damsel Handicap (gr. III) in September. The First Flight marks her eighth win from 17 starts, for which she earned $90,000.
The 4-year-old daughter of Wild Again will be given some time off, according to her trainer.
"We're going to give her some time off since she's had a long campaign," said Jerkens. "If all works well the next few months, well bring her back at Gulfstream in February."
Dream Supreme completed the $26.40 exacta and finished three lengths clear of third-place Kalookan Queen. Tugger came home fourth, followed by Finder's Fee and Wired to Fly. (Chart, Equibase