‘TDN Rising Star’ Munnys Gold turned her stakes debut into a laugher while stamping herself as a potential major force among sophomore fillies this season. A jaw-dropping 14 1/2-length debut winner at Monmouth last June, good for a gaudy 101 Beyer Speed Figure, the dark bay was subsequently sidelined with a foot bruise, but eventually resurfaced to make short work of first-level Florida-bred allowance foes at Gulfstream Jan. 25. She was facing her sternest test to date with the likes of Dreaming of Snow, upsetter of champion Wonder Wheel (Into Mischief) in the Suncoast S., present, but was again in a race of her own Sunday.
Willing to briefly allow a longshot to take command down the backside through a swift :21.79 quarter, Munnys Gold started to open up after a :44.30 half. Still on cruise control into the lane as her rivals were pumped on to keep up, the chalk was given a couple taps to shift gears in upper stretch and she zoomed away to quickly double her already insurmountable advantage.
The winner has a yearling half-sister by Frosted and her dam was bred back to Game Winner for this term. She is bred on a version of the super potent Speightstown over Medaglia d’Oro cross responsible for GISWs Olympiad, Rock Fall and Competitionofideas.
STONEHEDGE FARM SOUTH SOPHOMORE FILLIES S., $100,000, Tampa Bay Downs, 3-26, (S), 3yo, f, 7f, 1:20.09, ft.
1–MUNNYS GOLD, 122, f, 3, by Munnings
1st Dam: Haraawa, by Medaglia d’Oro
2nd Dam: Alseera, by Distorted Humor
3rd Dam: Unbridled Idol, by Unbridled
‘TDN Rising Star’ ($92,000 Wlg ’20 FTKNOV; $300,000 Ylg ’21
FTKJUL). 1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. O-Lawana L. & Robert E. Low;
B-Nicksar Farms (FL); T-Todd A. Pletcher; J-Irad Ortiz, Jr.
$60,000. Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0, $126,900.
2–Dreaming of Snow, 124, f, 3, Jess’s Dream–Snow Fashion, by
Old Fashioned. ($35,000 Ylg ’21 OBSOCT; $60,000 2yo ’22
OBSMAR). O-Team Equistaff, LLC. & Winning Stables, Inc.;
B-Karyn Philipp (FL); T-Gerald S. Bennett. $20,000.
3–Awesome Pic, 118, f, 3, Awesome Slew–Shirley’s Pic, by
Overdriven. O-Smith, Robert G., George, Richard Kingston and
Wayne and Chico Owens, LLC; B-Richard George (FL); T-Robert Smith. $10,000.
Margins: 17 1/4, NK, 1. Odds: 0.40, 5.00, 20.30.
Also Ran: Dream Concert, Sherlyn Go Go, Pretty’n Awesome, Lynx, Jackie’s Spirit.
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