Becky Winemiller’s regally bred Wine Princess worked
five furlongs in :58.40 over Keeneland’s main track in a dry run for
next Sunday’s $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) that will mark the
4-year-old filly’s first start on an all-weather track.
With jockey Shaun Bridgmohan up, Wine Princess produced fractions of
:24.40 and :36 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:12 while working
far off the rail on her own while equipped with blinkers. The move was
the fastest of 39 at the distance for the morning.
“We brought her over here yesterday and let her gallop over it and
then worked this morning,” trainer Steve Margolis said of Wine Princess,
whose home base is Churchill Downs. “It looks like she just skipped
over it. She did it in hand and Shaun didn’t even carry a stick. She
will go home and then come back over on Saturday.”
A daughter of a Horse of the Year (Ghostzapper) out of a Horse of the
Year (Azeri), Wine Princess will enter the Spinster off a runner-up
effort in the Locust Grove at Churchill Downs three weeks ago in which
she wore blinkers for the first time.
“She started training in them after the Molly Pitcher (G2) at
Monmouth because Shaun and (assistant trainer) Loren (Diego) felt she
was not 100 percent focused,” Margolis said. “She is in good form and
comes in here off a good race.”
As far as predicting how Wine Princess will fare on the all-weather
surface, Margolis does not have a lot to go on with Wine Princess being
Azeri’s third offspring to race.
“Bob Baffert had Take Control in California and he won two of his
three starts on the all-weather,” Margolis said. ”Arienza never raced on
it. With her (Wine Princess), the timing never was there to run her on
Polytrack before. We were going to Monmouth this summer and after that
could have gone to Arlington, but we were pointing for this race.”