Trainer Seth Benzel said Live
Oak Plantation’s Dynaslew is in “fantastic shape” after earning her
second graded stakes victory in yesterday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Ballston Spa.
Since arriving in Benzel’s
barn, the 4-year-old daughter of Dynaformer has demonstrated a versatile
running style, wiring the field in the Grade 3 Beaugay at Belmont Park on May
1, but stalking the pace the Ballston Spa. When second in the Grade 3 All Along
Stakes at Colonial Downs, she closed from off the pace.
“She has taken her game up to
the next level. She’s matured a lot,” Benzel said. “Fortunately for us, she has
put herself in a position where she can be tactical. She can be rated off the
lead. She can take the lead. She gives you options right off the bat. It’s nice
to have those options going into these races.”
As for Dynaslew’s plans for the
remainder of the year, Benzel wants to focus on winning a Grade 1 race.
“Our first goal is to get a Grade 1 under her belt between
now and the end of the year,” he said. “Next year, after a year like this, we
could develop her going longer. I think she’s come a long way this year
already. She’s going what she’s doing very easily and well within herself.