Morrison's Gold Edge Preps for Lassie
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 9/3/2012 3:19:43 PM
Last Updated: 9/4/2012 11:09:42 AM
Dolphus Morrison’s Gold Edge, winner of the Lisa M Stakes at Arlington Park, breezed five furlongs over the Polytrack in 1:00 4/5 the morning of Sept. 3 in preparation for the upcoming 77th renewal of the Arlington-Washington Lassie (gr. III).
The Arlington-Washington Lassie, Chicago’s annual signature event for 2-year-old fillies contested at the one-turn mile distance, is Sept. 8.
Trained by Lon Wiggins, Gold Edge worked immediately after the morning break, posting early splits of :25, :37, and 48 3/5. The daughter of Eddington then galloped out three-quarters in 1:15 flat while “well in hand,” according to Arlington clocker Bobby Belpedio.
“That’s about as fast as we wanted go,” said Wiggins shortly after the move. “Her last two works have been really good. It’s nice to have one that can go that fast.”
This will be the first start for Gold Edge since taking the Lisa M Aug. 4. The Morrison homebred broke her maiden by 2 3/4 lengths at Churchill Downs June 24 in the only other start of her career. The chestnut filly is out of the Pioneering mare Gold Spike, a 10-time winner of $247,126 from 56 starts.
Wiggins is the son of longtime trainer Hal Wiggins, who retired last year. The elder Wiggins is best known for developing Rachel Alexandra into a romping winner of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) for Morrison before that filly was later sold.
All of Morrison’s remaining horses, including Gold Edge, are to be offered during the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in Lexington Nov. 6-16.
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