Friday, June 25, 2010
Freshman sire Suave got his third winner when the 2-year-old filly Golden Phoenix ran away for a 6 1/2-length victory in a maiden special weight race at Churchill Downs on June 24. Suave stands at Darby Dan Farm for $12,500 and has a reported 84 foals in his first crop.
Golden Phoenix was making her second career start following a runner-up effort in her debut on May 21. Breaking from the rail this time, she dueled with Sweet Edie for the first quarter mile, then began to pull away coming into the stretch. She was never challenged down the lane and stopped the timer in :52.71 for the 4 1/2-furlongs.
With the win, Golden Phoenix is now 1-1-0 in two starts. She has earned $40,500 for owner Charles Lo. Lo purchased her at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale. She is trained by Chuck Peery.
Golden Phoenix is out of the multiple winner Direct Deposit, whose family includes Dogwood S. (G3) winner Miss Matched and the listed winner Becky in Pink.
A nine-year-old by A.P. Indy out of multiple Grade 1 winner Urbane, by Citidancer, Suave won seven of 27 career starts over four seasons and earned $1,348,423. He won the 2006 Washington Park Handicap (G2) at Arlington Park in track-record time of 1:53.53 for 1 3/16-miles. His other graded wins came in the 2005 Saratoga Breeders’ Cup Handicap (G2) and the 2004 Northern Dancer Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs. He also finished second in the ’05 Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1).