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Wine Princess Prepares for Spinster

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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.”

 

 

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