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Donk Makes Plans for Freud Fillies

A pair of Freud fillies in David Donk’s barn are both looking toward upcoming stakes, with turfer Paraiba all set for Saturday’s John Hettinger, and runaway maiden winner Hessonite looking toward New York Showcase Day on October 23.

 

In the 1 1/8-mile John Hettinger, Paraiba will try to bounce back from a troubled seventh-place finish in the $100,000 Yaddo at Saratoga Race Course on August 20.

 

“Brutal trip there,” Donk said. “She drew the rail and got a very wide trip. The course was probably a little harder than she would have preferred, so she was kind of flat through the stretch.”

 

In the Hettinger, Paraiba is expected to meet You Go West Girl and Akilina, both of whom she outfinished when second in the Mount Vernon at Belmont on May 30, as well as Exclusive Scheme, Great Gracie Dane, Luna Charm, and possibly Cody Samora.

 

“She’s run with those fillies before and I think she stands a good chance,” Donk said.  “It’s a good spot.” 

 

Paraiba is campaigned by William J. Punk and Philip Dileo, who also own Hessonite, another New York-bred daughter of Freud, who ran off to an 8 ¼-length maiden win at Belmont on Saturday afternoon.

 

Fifth in a 1 1/16-mile turf maiden race at Saratoga on August 26, Hessonite switched to the dirt on Saturday and drew off with authority in the one-mile event.  Donk said he would likely run her next in the Maid of the Mist for state-bred juvenile fillies on New York Showcase Day.

 

“I don’t know if she beat anything yesterday – and not that she ran that fast – but she did it the right way,” Donk said. “Freuds run on everything, fortunately.  The dam side is all European, I don’t think anything has ever been on the dirt, so there wasn’t a good line to go on from that looking at her pedigree.  She was pretty professional and she made it look nice.  I don’t have many options with her. I guess I’ll go to the Maid of the Mist on Showcase Day, but I’ll be backing up to seven-eighths. I’d love to run a mile.”

 

 

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