Wild About Marie won her second stakes of Fair Grounds’ winter/spring meet on March 19 with a 3/4-length victory in the $60,000 Bienville S. for older fillies and mares at about 5 1/2-furlongs over the firm turf course. The 4-year-old filly is by Wildcat Heir, ranked second on both Florida's general and North America's third crop lists.
Wild About Marie broke sharply and contested the lead from the outset. Richard Eramia allowed his filly to settle a bit and saved some ground around the turn. He moved her off the rail for the stretch drive, and she responded well to finish the course in 1:05.15. Her 87 Beyer Speed Figure is a lifetime best.
“She broke sharp but I put her behind the speed,” said Eramia after the race. “Then I just waited for my spot. The horse ran a good race. She finished strong.”
Wild About Marie was bred in Florida by Robert Dodd, Tonya Jurgens, and Dry Creek Stables LLC. Jurgens consigned the filly as a yearling to the 2008 OBS Select sale, where she was bought for $40,000 by current owners Ike and Dawn Thrash.
The $36,000 payday raised Wild About Marie's lifetime earnings to $160,150, with a record of 5-3-0 from 11 starts. She has won three of four of her starts on the grass.
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