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Fiftyshadesofgold wins the Debutante

Fiftyshadesofgold Lone Star 615 X 400
Photo: Terri Cage Photography
Fiftyshadesofgold is fifty shades of fast. She proved to be the fastest filly in the Mid-west with her sparkling win in the Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs. The Bret Calhoun trainee battled with a game More Than Beauty around the oval, clicking off fractions of :21.37, :45.14 and :59.39. Piloted by Corie Lanerie, Fiftyshadesofgold hit another gear and put away her rival by eight lengths, flashing under the wire in 1:10.63 for six furlongs over a lightning fast track. More Than Beauty put up a strong fight and finished second, five lengths in front of Del Mar Holiday, who beat out Silver Valley by a nose. Fiftyshadesofgold paid $4.60 for the win.  She extended her record to 2-2-0-0 ($77,790). The filly is raced by her breeder, Clarence Scharbauer Jr.

Fiftyshadesofgold (My Golden Song - Hadif Cat, by Hadif) is now undefeated in two starts and has beaten her rivals by a combined 18 lengths. In her debut at Lone Star Park, Fiftyshadesofgold put them away by 10 lengths at Lone Star in a very sharp :57 3/5 for 5F.

At first glance, Fiftyshadesofgold has a modest pedigree, yet it is filled with winners and there's plenty of class a few generations back. The daughter of stakes placed My Golden Song, who is a son of Unbridled's Song, is the third runner and third stakes winner produced by her dam. Fiftyshadesofgold's half brother Sword Trick (by Early Flyer) won his maiden at first asking and two Texas-bred stakes as a juvenile. He went on to win/place in four other state-bred stakes. Sword Trick's full sister Tastefullyxcessive placed in a stakes as a two year old and won the one mile Got Koko Stakes for state-bred fillies at three. Although their dam Hadif Cat won one of four starts, she's a half sister to two stakes placed juveniles. The second dam Cat's Meow (by Storm Cat) was unplaced in two starts. The third dam Alysbelle (by Alydar) was a Grade 2 winner and a full sister to Kentucky Derby hero and two-time Champion Alysheba.

What can we expect from Fiftyshadesofgold? Her damsire Hadif was a swift multiple stakes winning sprinter who won one of his six furlong stakes in 1:09.40. His gray grand-daughter and her half siblings have inherited his speed. Fiftyshadesofgold will shine in sprints and could stretch her speed to a mile, perhaps with experience.


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I didn't realize how fast they were going until I watched it again. Wow
I think maybe even 9f could be doable for her. Big, with a lot of scope. Good stride, natural speed. If she stays sound i'd say she could go 8.5f and be just fine there. I might be wrong, but she is such an impressive looking filly, and on top has a Derby winner in her pedigree, along with a couple other middle distance influences.
82 BSF for Fiftyshadesofgold in the Deb.
Fiftyshadesofgold looked fantastic last night, and how nice was it to see the colors of Alysheba winning big at Churchill Downs after all these years?

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I've been around horses for most of my life, working in racing stables as a hot walker and exercise rider in my teenage years, and later as a volunteer with rescued and retired racehorses. I became interested in pedigree when the sons and daughters of my favorite horses started their racing careers.   


For more than a decade, I've passionately studied pedigree, how it applies to handicapping and breeding theories. In 2010, I joined Horse Racing Nation as their Pedigree Analyst, focusing on juvenile stakes winners, Triple Crown contenders and first crop sires from a handicapping perspective.   


In 2011, I accepted the role of South Florida Coordinator and Advisory Board Member for the national non-profit Thoroughbred Racing Fan Association (ThoroFan). Working closely with Gulfstream Park management and other race fans, we created a ThoroFan Chapter at Gulfstream Race Track. Our main project is assisting Thoroughbred rescue and re-training groups.


I continue to maintain my website Iron Maidens Thoroughbreds and blog of the same name. As a pedigree consultant, I specialize in assisting small to mid-size breeding/training operations with broodmare breeding reports, sales catalog analysis and recommendations on claims and private sales. 10 - 20% of all proceeds are donated to Thoroughbred rescue and retraining groups.
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