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Blueeyesintherein gives Magna Graduate his first graded stakes winner
RSS Feeds Saturday, June 23, 2012

Blueeyesintherein moved powerfully down the stretch to win Saturday’s $112,200 Debutante S. (G3) at Churchill Downs [Watch Video] to give Darby Dan freshman sire Magna Graduate his first stakes winner.

Magna Graduate came into Saturday ranked eighth on the first-crop sire list, and could well be on top of the list once Saturday's results are tabulated. The Darby Dan stallion, who has 63 currently named 2-year-olds, stands the 2012 season for $5,000. His 50% winners from starters is the best percentage of any top 10 freshman sire.

In the Debutante, Blueeyesintherein settled behind the trio of Dancing Elliebelle, Richie’slilcowgirl and My Daughter’s Song, who dueled for the early lead through fractions of :22.16 and :46.40. Blueeyesintherein, under Leandro Goncalves, moved four-wide midway around the turn, took over the lead at the top of the stretch and stayed clear under steady urging.

“I had horses all over me,” Goncalves said. “I had to work my way out. She didn’t have the best trip, but good horses are always able to overcome things and that’s what she did.”

Blueeyesintherein covered the six furlongs over a fast track in 1:11.71 to give her trainer Garry Simms his second straight Debutante victory.

“I’ve been through a lot (referring to his recent cancer bout and recovery), but a lot of people have it a lot worse than I do,” Simms said. “Today’s win is a blessing from above and I’m really happy for my owners and my team.”

Bred in Kentucky by Elisabeth Alexander, Blueeyesintherein earned $66,086 for owners Dorothy Self, Berry King, Travis Morgenson IV LLC, Burr Travis et al and remained unbeaten in two starts with $100,466 in total earnings. She debuted May 31 at Churchill Downs with a convincing 3 ¾-length score  as the first career winner for her sire.

Simms eyed a couple of races for his filly's next race. “We've got a couple of options. There’s the Schuylerville (G3, at Saratoga on July 20) and the Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies (on Aug. 4). Either way she’ll have about four to six weeks before her next start.”