Photo: NYRA/Adam Coglianese
Trainer Michael Hushion has high expectations for Puerto Rican import
My Wandy’s Girl, who is set to make her next start in the Grade 2, $250,000 Ruffian Handicap on the Wood Memorial undercard.
On Thursday, My Wandy’s Girl breezed five furlongs on
Belmont’s training track in 1:02.57.
“The hope is she’s a serious filly, and I think she is, so I
think it will be nothing but the top races from here,” said Hushion, who
trains the 4-year-old for Guillermo
Berrios. “I’m not going plan any farther than this race; I don’t know
whether she’ll need four weeks or eight weeks after this race. I’ll let
the horse do the talking.”
From late January through August, My Wandy’s Girl won eight
straight races, including three stakes, in Puerto Rico before she was
sent to Hushion’s barn in
For Hushion she has won the Pentelis overnight stakes, finished third
in the Grade 1 Gazelle, and missed by three-quarters of a length when
second in the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap
in February at Laurel.
The versatile runner has won at distances ranging from five furlongs to
1 1/8 miles, and Hushion thinks the stretch out from seven furlongs in
the Fritchie to one mile in
the Gazelle won’t be problematic.
“She kind of stayed on steady in the race at
and the gallop outs are very good parts of her works,” said Hushion.
“More importantly, the more distance, the better. I hope everybody can
see what she is: a real nice filly.”