One month after a record-setting victory in her debut at Arlington Park, Dawnie Macho made a successful transition to California, leading throughout to win the $100,000 Landaluce Stakes (VIDEO) July 11 at Hollywood Park.
In her first start for owners Gary and Cecil Barber and trainer John Sadler after being privately purchased, the 2-year-old Macho Uno filly out of the Montbrook mare Blush Of Dawn quickly established command, then withstood a late rally from Izshelegal, who was nearly 21-1.
With the three-quarters of a length victory in 1:10.75 for the six furlongs, Dawnie Macho, the 5-2 third choice in the field of eight, gave jockey Joe Talamo a sweep of the most significant races of the season for 2-year-olds. On July 5, Talamo had captured the $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III) aboard favored J P’s Gusto.
Dawnie Macho, who broke the track record for 4 ½ furlongs at Arlington when defeating maidens by five lengths in :51.16 on June 12, returned $7, $4.60 and $3.60.
A first time starter by Maria's Mon out of the Crafty Prospector mare Astickyproposition, Izshelegal rallied from next-to-last after a half-mile and paid $13.40 and $6.40. She finished well for trainer Terry Knight.
Belleofthebridle, the 2-1 favorite, finished 1 ¼ lengths behind Izshelegal. She paid $3 to show.
"When I flew to Chicago to look at her she reminded me a lot of Coco Belle, another horse I trained," said Sadler after his second win in three years in the Landaluce. Emmy Darling won for him in 2008.
"I got into Chicago at 5:30 in the morning to look at her and then got on a plane and flew back. We put a deal together about a week after her first race."
Talamo was impressed with Dawnie Macho, who was trained by Wayne Catalano in Illinois.
"She not only has speed, but she’s rateable," he said. "She broke so sharp, then just came right back to me. I talked to John this morning and he gave me all the confidence in the world. He said she will do whatever you want and she did."
Bred in Florida by Maurice Miller, the winning chestnut filly sold for $5,000 as a yearling at the Ocala Breeders' Sale in August 2009.
She'll Heir, the narrow second choice, finished fourth, one length behind Belleofthebridle. Then came Hi Ho Yodeler, Swiss Wild Cat, Moonstruck Maya and Michailasheartlite.