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10 03 2010: Winter Memories with Jose Lezcano up win the 31nd running of the Grade III Miss Grillo, for 2-year olds fillies on the turf at 1 1/16, Belmont Park, Elmont, NY. Trainer J.J. Toner. Owners Phillips Racing Partners

The morning after her impressive Lake George score, Winter Memories grazed and relaxed in her stall while trainer Jimmy Toner, who trained the filly’s mother, Memories of Silver, to a win in the same race nearly 15 years ago, further reflected on the differences between the dam and her offspring.


“Her mother was smaller and she was fearless,” Toner said. “You could put her anywhere, she’d go through anything, she’d run through a wall. [In the Lake George ] she was sitting behind two horses and when she got to the horses [jockey Jerry Bailey] didn’t want to go outside, and there was no room inside. She pushed herself through the horses. Once she got through, she spurted clear and opened up to win by a couple of lengths. That kind of thing, you attribute to the mother. Winter Memories, she’s kind of a big, long striding, rangy kind of a horse that you wouldn’t consider being that athletic.


“They did it different ways, but she was impressive in what she did, and how she did it yesterday. I think her mother [had] an athletic way of doing it, just bullying her way through, but they both got the job done,” Toner continued. “For a horse to win and then have her daughter to win the same race, that’s pretty neat.”


Toner confirmed that if all continues to go according to plan, Winter Memories would run back in the Grade 2, 1 1/8-mile Woodford Reserve Lake Placid on August 21.


“She has a presence about her,” Toner said of Winter Memories “She knows who she is, and it’s a pleasure to be around her.”




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