Photo: Oaklawn Park
Poindexter Thoroughbreds’ American Sugar, the runaway winner of the
Dixie Belle, returned to the track for the first time Wednesday to jog.
Trainer Lynn Chleborad reported that the Harlan’s Holiday filly will now
be pointed toward the $75,000 Martha Washington Stakes February 9.
“She was perfect this morning,” said Chleborad. “She’s doing
excellent. I was afraid not to take her back to the track because she
was bouncing around, feeling so good. It’s fun to have a filly that
loves to train.”
Since finishing fourth in her career debut, American Sugar is
undefeated in sprint races, but only has one third place finish in three
attempts at the mile distance. Chleborad is not worried about the extra
distance going from the six-furlong Dixie Belle to the one-mile Martha
“Her mind has really matured,” said Chleborad. “Sometimes with
fillies you have to worry about their minds going south. This filly just
gets smarter and smarter.