Will Separationofpowers be the next big thing?

Will Separationofpowers be the next big thing?
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On this, the day of the announced retirement of Songbird, it's only natural to look back at her stellar career fondly, but it's also natural to look forward. Who might be the next filly to arouse the senses with a two-year-old season of brilliance and dominance? Perhaps we should look no farther than the track where Songbird's career ended. Perhaps the next big thing is hiding in a small field in Saturday's 126th running of the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga.

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With an automatic entry into the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies waiting for the winner, the historic race for young fillies drew only five, but it's an interesting five. Four of them come in undefeated. The horse to beat on paper is Pure Silver. The daughter of Mission Impazible is perfect in three starts, already with two stakes wins, including a local romp in the Grade 2 Adirondack. She very well could win again, but it's actually another filly in the race on which I have my eye. She may just have the potential to be something special. 

It would not be an exaggeration to say that Separationofpowers may have been the most impressive two-year-old I've seen yet this season. The daughter of Candy Ride has only started once, but that career debut made a big impression.

Bet down to the 9-5 favorite in a Saratoga maiden special weight on July 30, the $190,000 weanling purchase looked every bit the part of the genuine article. She went right to the lead under the Spa's leading rider, Jose Ortiz, and never looked back. In fact, she pulled away from the field of eight midway through, and then continued to widen her advantage from there, ultimately crossing the wire just under a dozen lengths clear of her closest competition.

Trained by Chad Brown, and owned by Klaravich Stables, the attractive, bay filly completed the six furlongs in sharp time of 1:10.92, while in hand. She was given a very solid Beyer Speed Figure of 86 for her first effort. All in all, it was the kind of debut that makes you dream about what might be. 

Separationofpowers (Candy Ride-- Shehadmefromhello, by Empire Maker) will have a step up in class on Saturday, as she moves from maidens to Grade 1 company. I like her chances to become a Grade 1 winner in only her second career start, but chances are she will not be a champion. Chances are even slimmer that she will become a future Hall of Famer. After all, fillies like Songbird do not come around every day. Still, it's good to be on the look out for something special, and who knows ... maybe Separationofpowers will be the next big thing.

Meet Brian Zipse

Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, American Pharoah and Justify. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. His new racing partnership venture, Derby Day Racing, invites more fans to experience the thrill of racehorse ownership.

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, created the popular racing show, HorseCenter and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as hosting HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves as the President of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars, is both a Hall of Fame and NTRA poll voter, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.

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