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Zipse At The Track

Spring Venture is a live long shot in Forward Gal

Kauai Katie looks tough on paper. My Happy Face has done nothing wrong in four starts. Fusaichiswonderful has been a sensation in Puerto Rico. With all this talent in today’s Grade 2 Forward Gal Stakes at Gulfstream Park, it may be hard to imagine room for a long shot to crash the party, but in the talented Spring Venture, I believe there is a real chance for big payoffs. Listed at 8-1 on the morning line, I don’t suspect the two-time stakes winning Mark Casse trained filly will go off any lower than that, considering the money the top three are sure to take. 

A good looking, chestnut daughter of hot new sire, Spring At Last, Spring Venture did nothing but impress north of the border last year. Her maiden score came at the same seven panel distance of today’s Forward Gal, although it was over Woodbine’s turf course. A 4 ¼-length romp in the August debut tipped her talent, but came as no surprise to those who had been so impressed with her as a two-year-old in training in Ocala, where she became a $320,000 purchase for owners Gary Barber and Stoneway Farm.

She came back four weeks later to confirm the impressive debut, with a rather easy 1 ¾-length victory in the Grade 2 Natalma, also on turf. In that race, she defeated stablemate Spring in the Air, who came right out of that to score in the Grade 1 Alcibiades at Keeneland next out. Continuing the theme of beating good horses, Spring Venture brought her game over to Polytrack for another impressive win. This time accounting for the Grade 3 Mazarine Stakes over Seaneen Girl, who you’ll remember ventured south to score in the Grade 2 Goldenrod Stakes at Churchill Downs in her next start.

With three big wins at Woodbine, it was time for Spring Venture to for the big score. The Breeders’ Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita turned out to be a big disappointment, but it is a race that needs a line drawn through it. 

Breaking a tad slow, she was squeezed at the start in the large field and was forced wide the entire trip. Still in with a chance at the top of the lane, the filly did not take kindly to a right hand whip from regular rider, Patrick Husbands. Spring Venture lunged inward, almost losing Husbands, forcing herself behind more traffic. The final result of a 13th place finish is in no way indicative of her true talent, but should only serve to improve her odds today.

Spring Venture has been training very well at nearby Palm Meadows for her dirt debut today, and while it’s true, against this field, she might run really well only to finish third or fourth, but the odds will most assuredly be right to take the shot on a very good filly.
                Photo Courtesy of Michael Burns / WEG Entertainment   


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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. 

Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 
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A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.  

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