YESTERDAY meeting at The Meadows wasn’t “Take Your Daughter to Work Day”, but a $159,852 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman filly pacers sure had that feel about it.
Put On A Show banked nearly $2.46million in a career that included the 2010 Dan Patch Award for three-year-old fillies.
Her owners, Joanne and Richard Young, bred her to Somebeachsomewhere in hopes of producing another champion, but that daughter, Beach Showoff, suffered illness and injuries that limited her racing days; she was retired to the breeding shed.
Any resulting frustration ended when Put On A Show’s second Somebeachsomewhere filly, Come See The Show, triumphed in 1:52.3 in her career debut, matching the fastest time this year by a freshman filly on a five-eighths-mile track.
Scuola Hanover was third-placed-second while Yankee Will Dance was disqualified from second to third for a pylon violation.
Just as impressive as the speed of Come See The Show was her determination. When it seemed her long first-over bid might sputter in the stretch, she surged again for Tim Tetrick to score by a length.
“This filly has been good right from the beginning,” said her elated trainer, Linda Toscano. “She’s big like her mom, and she seems to finish her miles like her mom.
“It’s too soon (for comparisons), but I’m real tickled with the way she’s coming along. We wanted to race her like a two-year-old making her first start. We didn’t want to abuse her. When she saw the target, she chased it down.”
The Youngs originally owned Come See The Show in partnership but acquired her outright at Lexington for $550,000.
Not to be outdone, Rainbow Room did her mom, Rainbow Blue, proud.
Rainbow Blue was the 2004 Horse of the Year, and amassed a bankroll exceeding $1.4 million.
Already the winner of a maiden race, the Somebeachsomewhere youngster zipped right to the lead for David Miller and held off Elysium Seelster by a length in 1:52.4. Sansovina Hanover completed the ticket.
Winning trainer Joe Holloway purchased Rainbow Room, Rainbow Blue’s eighth foal, for $100,000, largely because of the success he enjoyed with Somwherovrarainbow, the divisional champion at two and a sister to Rainbow Room.
“When I first saw her at the sale, I thought she walked like her sister, looked like her sister, so I really wanted to have her,” Holloway said. “She’s been a sweetheart all along. She trained down from behind, and she’s better off that way. Eventually we’ll be able to race her from behind.”
- EVAN PATTAK