With a big move at the top of the stretch, Wild About Marie rolled to a two length victory in the Buffalo Trace Franklin County S. Oct. 14 at Keeneland. She is one of eight stakes winners in 2011 for her sire Wildcat Heir, who is atop Florida's general sire list with $3.8 million in progeny earnings through Oct. 14.
Wild About Marie, a 4-year-old Florida-bred, was midpack in sixth for a good part of the turf sprint. Robby Albarado swung his filly out coming into the lane, and she took off to gain the lead in less than a furlong. She covered the 5½ furlongs on the firm turf course in 1:03.01.
“I had a great trip,” said Albarado. “Mr. (Jeff Thornbury, trainer of the winner) said (the race) has an abundance of speed, sit behind them and hopefully they come back to us. I swung her out turning for home, and it was all her.”
“She’s been training super,” added Thornbury. “You’re only surprised (by her performance) in this kind of crowd; this was a contentious bunch. She ran great.”
The winner, bred in Florida by Robert Dodd, Tonya Jurgens and Dry Creek Stables LLC, is out of the Valid Wager mare Joyful Wager. She picked up $60,000 for owners Ike and Dawn Thrash. The Thrashes bought their filly as a yearling for $40,000 at the 2008 OBS August select sale, where she was consigned by Jurgens.
With the win, Wild About Marie has now earned $261,985 with a slate of 6-5-0 from 16 starts. In addition to the Franklin County, she has added money wins in the $60,000 Bienville S. and and $60,000 Leggio Memorial S., both at Fair Grounds, this year.
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