Barn Notes

Mullin to Tag Team the Jersey Juvenile

Posted Thursday, Sep 27, 2012

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They were foaled at the same farm six weeks apart, raised together, broken and given their early lessons together, and then sent to the same barn at the track together. Billyscrystalball and Shesfromboston even train and race together and that’s not about to change any time soon.

            “Those two have been nose to nose since day one and that’s what makes it fun. Usually one will advance more quickly than the other but that hasn’t been the case,” said Michael Mullin, who trains the 2-year-old fillies bred by David and Doris Wilkinson at their Hidden Acres 4-D Farm in Allentown, New Jersey. “They are never apart. They even breeze, gallop and school together. Normally, I would never do it this way, but it’s worked out well with them. But I did have to separate them from adjoining stalls in the barn just recently because they had bonded too much. Still, they holler for each other and nicker at one another in the barn.”

            Billyscrystalball, who is owned by Kristen Lomasson, and Shesfromboston, who races in the colors of her breeder, even hit the board together. Their first time out on August 25, Shesfromboston placed in a 5 ½ furlong maiden special weight at Monmouth while her best friend was third after being steadied early. In their only other effort in another maiden special on New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival day on September 15, Billyscrystalball was the winner at five furlongs while her stablemate almost got second before being overtaken in the lane by the fast-closing PJ’s Superego and finishing third.

            Mullin has nominated both fillies for the $60,000 Jersey Juvenile at six furlongs on October 6 and he hopes that they can hit the wire together while beating the boys. The race is open to juveniles of either sex..

            “Billy is a blue collar girl and a work horse, and she’s got a big heart,” said Mullin. “She won that race in hand and Joe Bravo rode her brilliantly, but it remains to be seen if she can stretch out. Shesfromboston is bred to stretch out so going longer is better for her. They have both been consummate professionals in everything they do. You could not have nicer two-year-olds in the barn.”

 


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