Hennie's Song Hits High Note in Susan's Girl

(from track report)
Phillip and Marcia Cohen and Steve Klesaris' Hennie's Song ran her unbeaten streak to five with a front running victory in the $175,000 Susan's Girl Breeders' Cup Stakes at Delaware Park.

She will get her next test in the mile and a sixteenth $500,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. III), to be run on July 19.

Ridden by Anthony Black, the 3-year-old daughter of Unbridled's Song won by 2 1/4 lengths and returned $4.60 as the favorite in the field of five. Ladyecho, with Oliver Castillo aboard, finished second and it was another 1 1/4 length farther back to Coquettish, with Ramon Dominguez aboard, in third.

Hennie's Song cut early fractions of :48.05 for the half mile and 1:12.32 for three-quarters mile before completing the 1 1/16 mile-test in 1:44.52 over a fast main track. The Kentucky-bred trained by Steve Klesaris ran her record to five wins from as many starts with earnings of $227,000.

"She had a lot of her energy left," said Black. "To watch her, you would not think she has a lot of energy left, but she does. She is such a laid back, relaxed and well-mannered horse. In the late stages of the race, I do not know exactly what she can do. She is very competitive and she will go when someone comes to her. When we were leaving the final turn, I waved my stick at her and she jetted away from them. That was when I was pretty sure I was sitting on a winner. She has been far from extended."

"I was very impressed," said Klesaris. "I thought she was stepping up against a better grade. There was not a horse in this who did not have credentials. The manner in which she won was very, very impressive."

(Chart, Equibase)