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Shackleford filly airs in debut, becomes TDN Rising Star
RSS Feeds Sunday, May 29, 2016
Shackin Up, a promising filly from the first crop of three-time G1 winner Shackleford, became her sire’s second winner in as many days, as the 2-year-old debutante romped to an  8 ¾-length victory in a $32,000 Maiden Special Weight race Saturday at Arlington [VIDEO]. The dominant score earned her TDN Rising Star status.

Trained by Larry Rivelli, the flashy chestnut filly showed immense speed from gate to wire, opening up by at least five lengths on the field in the initial furlong of the race. Confidently ridden by jockey Jose Valdivia Jr., Shackin Up opened up a larger lead on the turn and was long gone by the time the field straightened for home in the 4 ½-furlong contest. 

Eased up in hand for most of the stretch, Shackin Up still hit the wire with a widening advantage, stopping the timer in 52.46 seconds over the local Polytrack. Off at 2-5 odds, she proved to be a bargain to those who witnessed the performance.

Shackin Up earned $19,200 for owners Richard Ravin and Patricia's Hope LLC, who purchased the filly for $160,000 at the OBS March sale for select 2-year-olds in training in Ocala, Florida a couple months ago. The filly had worked a bullet eighth of a mile in 9 4/5 seconds at the sale, and that rare speed was on full display in her debut Saturday.

Bred in Kentucky by Scott Dilworth, Shackin Up hails from the stakes-winning and stakes-producing Untuttable mare Into Reality.

Saturday’s impressive win comes on the heels of Shackleford’s first impressive winner Friday when his 2-year-old colt Little Nappy won a Maiden Special Weight at Gulfstream. Shackleford’s first-crop of 2-year-olds have proved to be in high demand at the sales in 2016, with other 2-year-olds bringing $340,000, $310,000, $280,000, $250,000, etc. He currently stands at Darby Dan for a fee of $20,000 stands and nurses.