Miss Macy Sue most likely stamped her ticket to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships with a convincing victory in the Sept. 15 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes, centerpiece of the inaugural meet at the track near Erie, Pa.
Owned by Roll Reroll Stables and trained by Kelly Von Hemel, Miss Macy Sue won for the fifth time in six starts this year, all in stakes. The 4-year-old Florida-bred filly by Trippi out of the Great Above mare Yada Yada, now has nine wins in 17 lifetime starts.
With Eusebio Razo Jr. riding, Miss Macy Sue assumed a stalking trip from the rail behind heavy favorite Shaggy Mane in the six-furlong race but took over midway on the far turn and opened up by 2 1/2 lengths. She maintained her advantage in the stretch while under urging and held off Wild Gams by 1 1/2 lengths at the wire. Smart and Fancy rallied behind Wild Gams and checked in third.
Miss Macy Sue paid $10.60 as the third choice.
The fractions for the $400,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes were :22.12 for the first quarter-mile, :44.71 for a half-mile, and :56.26 for five furlongs. Miss Macy Sue finished the six furlongs in 1:08.21, a new record for the distance on the Tapeta Footings synthetic surface at Presque Isle.
“We’re looking at the (Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint),” Von Hemel said after the race. “We though this race had a deep, quality field. We’ll sit down with the owners and decide about the Breeders’ Cup.”
Miss Macy Sue, a $42,000 purchase at the 2005 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. June 2-year-olds in training sale, will train for her next start at Hawthorne Race Course in Illinois. Miss Macy Sue had been based at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Iowa this summer, but shipped to Arlington Park to train on the Polytrack surface.
Shaggy Mane, who shipped from California after training all summer on synthetic surfaces, finished eighth after setting the early pace in the field of eight.
The Masters was designed to serve as a prep for the new $1-million Filly & Mare Sprint, which will be run Oct. 26 at Monmouth Park. Todd Mostoller, executive director of the Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, said he hopes the race is included in the “Win and You’re In” scheme next year.
“We hope this race proves to be productive going into the Breeders’ Cup,” Mostoller said. “We want to bring the best horses to Presque Isle Downs and Pennsylvania.”
Von Hemel won a light blue tailored jacket for winning the Masters. Roberto Angelone, a tailor in Erie, took Von Hemel to his shop immediately after the race to get the jacket fitted.
Earlier on the card, Bushwood Stables' Independent George won the $175,000 Presque Isle Mile, and Maggi Moss’ Indian Chant won the $175,000 Karl Boyes Memorial Northwestern Pa. Stakes. In the Mile, Millennium Farms’ Super Frolic was pulled up on the backstretch after suffering what officials termed suspensory damage to an ankle.