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Winter Memories wins G3 Appalachian in 2011 bow
RSS Feeds Thursday, April 21, 2011
Darby Dan homebred Winter Memories looked sharp in her first race of 2011, putting in a solid stretch run to take the $100,000 Appalachian S. (G3) April 21 over the Keeneland turf course (VIDEO). The 3-year-old filly had not been seen since running a game second in the Breeders' Cup Juven ile Fillies Turf Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs.

Winter Memories was under a stout hold under Jose Lezcano for the first six furlongs, racing in midpack of the ten-horse field. Swinging wide coming into the stretch, the gray filly closed with a flourish to be up in time. She completed the one mile in 1:37.27.

"We're very happy the way she came back," winning trainer James Toner said. "She wintered very well. She matured. She developed. We gave her time and I couldn't be any happier with the way she ran today. We will probably go in the Sands Point S. (G2T, May 30 at Belmont) next, but our main objective is still to come back here in the fall (for Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup)."

With the $60,000 Appalachian payday, Winter Memories has now earned $360,600 for Phillips Racing Partnership, the racing/breeding name used by Darby Dan's owner John Phillips. She won the Miss Grillo S. (G3T) at Belmont as a 2-year-old and has now won three of four lifetime starts.

Regally bred Winter Memories is out of Memories of Silver, who was also owned and bred by Phillips and won $1.4 million in a stellar career that saw her score in the Beverly D. (G1), Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1), Diana H. (G2) and five other added money events. Memories of Silver has produced two other stakes winners, War Trace and British Blue, in addition to Winter Memories.