She was already the best horse in David Nunn’s barn. Now
that Withgreatpleasure has given her trainer his first stakes victory, she’s
also his favorite.
back great,” said Nunn, while smiling from ear to ear as he accepted
congratulations for the 4-year-old filly’s recent win in the Unbridled Belle
Stakes at Delaware
Park when she finished a
head in front of Giant Sensation, who is trained by Todd Pletcher.
no better way to win your first stakes than to beat a future Hall of Fame
trainer,” said Nunn, a former jockey who was also an exercise rider for Hall of
Fame trainers LeRoy Jolley and Mack Miller. “You can only be a bridesmaid so
many times, so this is really great. It’s also great for the owner, David
Blethen, because this is his first stakes win, too.”
Lady Secret Stakes will be contested at 1 1/16 miles at Monmouth on Sunday,
August 26. The race won’t give Withgreatpleasure much time to savor her stakes
win as it came on August 11.
“Coming back quickly like that is
definitely worrisome,” said Nunn. “But I’d like to stay home with here. She’s
raced all over the country. She does enough shipping.”
Withgreatpleasure has already
signaled that she is happy running out of her stall. Last year, she was second
in the Serena’s Song Stakes and third in the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks.