Seaneen Girl’s upset victory in Saturday’s Golden Rod (Grade II) at Churchill Downs had trainer Bernie Flint thinking about the First Friday in May on Sunday morning.
“They’re going to run the (Kentucky) Oaks (GI) here (at Churchill
Downs) and she loves the place,” Flint said. “She’s second in (Road to
the Kentucky Oaks) points (behind Executiveprivilege)
and she’s just coming around. (Her win) meant a lot to me at this stage
of the game. I’ve always been a filly specialist and it’d be great if I
could win the Oaks.”
Naveed Chowhan’s Seaneen Girl won the Golden Rod at odds of 31-1, which makes her the highest-priced winner since Sequent won the race in 1962 at 96-1.
"No one told her that she’s not supposed to run with those kinds of horses and I sure didn’t tell her,” Flint said.
At 72-year-olds, Flint said having a filly like Seaneen Girl in the barn is a reason to stay in the game.
“I’ll stay around as long as I want to do it and having a good one
like her makes you want to stay in the game,” Flint said. “It gives you
something to live for. I’ve been doing this all my life and you look for
those kind and they don’t come around easily.”
Flint said Seaneen Girl, a 2-year-old chestnut daughter of Spring At Last, exited the Golden Rod in fine form.
“She’s doing great and she ate up everything,” Flint said. “We’ll
take her to the Fair Grounds and look at the Silverbulletday (on Jan.
19), but if we have to ship, we’ll ship. She’s at the top of her game.”
Seaneen Girl defeated favored Gal About Town in the Golden Rod and she could face that filly again if she does run in the Silverbulletday.
“She came out of the race good,” trainer Bret Calhoun
said. “She ran well, but we’re disappointed she didn’t win. She’ll
leave for the Fair Grounds on Monday and the Silverbulletday will most
likely be her next start.”
Gal About Town will be joined on the trip to New Orleans by Tour Guide, who won Saturday’s seventh race by 4 ½ lengths.
“We’ve always liked this horse and he ran very well,” Calhoun said.
“He’ll come to the Fair Grounds, but I’m not sure what we’ll do with him