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Starship Truffles rockets home in Princess Rooney

 
She certainly was not the marquee name and she was far from the most accomplished, but Starship Truffles made sure everyone knew who she was just minutes after the starting gates sprang open for the G1 Princess Rooney Handicap.
 
 
Though first out of the gate from post position 10, the bay daughter of Ghostzapper and apprentice jockey Edgard Zayas let long shot Costly go to the early lead and blitz through an opening quarter in 21:29. Starship Truffles made her move while in the far turn and already had a clear advantage as the field turned for home. From there to the wire, it was clear who the winner would be and that everyone else would be racing for second. Starship Truffles crossed the wire 3 ¾ lengths in front of race favorite Judy the Beauty who was 2 ½ lengths clear of third place finisher My Pal Chrisy.
 
 
Starship Truffles stopped the clock in 1.10:57 for the six furlong race. She is owned by Chasing Tails Stables and trained by Marty Wolfson, who also sent out four other entrants in the Princess Rooney. Her stunning upset victory came just one week after she nearly equaled Calder’s track record for 5.5 furlongs in a starter optional claiming race. That win was right on the heels of a less than stellar 6th place finish in the local Princess Rooney prep, the U Can Do It Handicap. Because she ran so poorly in that prep, Wolfson decided to run her last week just to make sure she was okay before going ahead with plans to run today.
 
 
Chasing Tails Stables acquired the former $6,250 claimer just under a year ago through a private transaction. Four starts prior to her first start for Chasing Tails Stables, Starship Truffles had been claimed by Gerald Procino for New Life Stable, Inc. after winning a $6,250 claiming event at Calder. The purchase has turned out to be a good one for Chasing Tails Stables. Starship Truffles has won 9 of her 13 starts for the stable, including two stakes wins at Calder prior to her score in today’s Princess Rooney. She has raced exclusively at Calder and Gulfstream and has been particularly effective at Calder. In 16 career starts at that South Florida track, she has amassed 11 wins, 1 place, and 2 shows.
 
 
Despite her dramatic rise from claimer to Grade 1 winner, Starship Truffles will not be pointed toward the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. 

 

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She ran so good I don't think Judy the Beauty would've beat hear even with a good start.
Love the rags to riches stories!

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Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, and it was her love of reading and horses that led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few short years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and get to personally meet and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.

 

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An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley is from Central Georgia but is currently living in New Hampshire with her husband Chris and their two sons Charlie and Michael. A stay-at-home mom, Ashley juggles parenting with blogging and her other passions. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is a fervent football fan, enjoys reading and studying history, and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.