Goodnight Olive Returns An Easy Winner in Madison

Reigning Eclipse Award-winning female sprinter GOODNIGHT OLIVE (m, 5, Ghostzapper–Salty Strike, by Smart Strike) made light work of four rivals to make a successful return to the races in Saturday’s GI Madison S. at Keeneland, the site of her victory in last year’s GI Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. Eased back off an early duel between Yuugiri (Shackleford) and Society (Gun Runner), the prohibitive 1-4 chalk was steered out into the three path to deliver her challenge and made the front under an Irad Ortiz, Jr. hold a good five-sixteenths of a mile from home. Asked to win her race in upper stretch, Goodnight Olive rolled down towards the inner rail as Maryquitecontrary (First Dude) tried to make a race of it, but the champion remained well clear and reported home a comfortable winner. Goodnight Olive is the fourth of her sire’s daughters to prevail in the Madison since 2014 (Judy the Beauty and former Chad Brown trainees Paulassilverlining and Guarana). Sales history: $170,000 Ylg ’19 FTKOCT. O-First Row Partners & Team Hanley; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY); T-Chad Brown.

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