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.
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 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.
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
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.”