Barn Notes

Wesley Ward Has Fast Filly In Turf Sprint

Posted Thursday, Jun 28, 2012


Wesley Ward is off to an incendiary start so far this meet, winning with seven of 11 starters, and the owner/trainer has an excellent chance of improving the barn’s high percentage when Sweet and Lowdown takes on eight other fillies and mares three and older in Friday’s featured $44,000 allowance optional claiming race.

            The five furlong dash over the turf course looks like a sweet spot for the filly, who shares her name with the 1999 Woody Allen film that garnered Sean Penn and Samantha Morton Academy Award nominations in their acting categories.

            “She was a $1,000 purchase out of the Keeneland April sale as two-year-old,” said Ward, who arrived on the Monmouth backside at 4:30 this morning to check on the 30 horses he has stabled here and was scheduled to depart later in the day for Belmont Park to saddle three horses on Thursday afternoon’s card. “What did I like about her when her when she was in the ring? The price.”

            The bay 3-year-old filly has proved to be a pretty good bargain. Bred in Kentucky by Fares Farm, she is a daughter of 2006 Juvenile champion and 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense and the Dynaformer mare Mombasa. Along with her nice bloodlines, her resume includes $85,238 in earnings from three wins, one second and two thirds in nine starts.

            Sweet and Lowdown has won two of her three starts in 2012, first at Gulfstream and then Woodbine at the same distance as Friday’s feature and she came in fourth last out on April 25 in a $56,000 allowance test at five-and-a-half furlongs at Keeneland. She’s raced at distances from four-and-a-half furlongs to one mile in her nine starts, and has been tried on dirt, turf, and Polytrack at seven different racetracks.

            “We’ve tried other things with her but sprinting five-eighths on the turf is her game,” said Ward. “She’s turned out to be a nice filly.”   

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