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Breeders' Cup 2017

Dubawi Heights Continues Roll in Gamely

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Making her first appearance in a Grade I, Dubawi Heights won her fourth in a row, wearing down pacesetter Celtic Princess late to take the $250,000 Gamely Stakes by a head Monday at Hollywood Park.


A winner of the Grade III Wilshire Handicap in her initial start of the Spring/Summer meet, Dubawi Heights was never far off the moderate fractions under jockey Joel Rosario, then got the lead outside Celtic Princess, a 9-1 shot making her first start of 2011, in the final strides.


Trained by Simon Callaghan for a partnership that includes his father Neville, Clodagh McStay, M.V. Magnier and Annabel Wyatt, the 4-year-old English bred lost the first eight starts of her career in her homeland and the United States before beginning her roll.


The first win for the 4-year-old Dubawi filly out of the Suave Dancer mare Rosie’s Posy came against maidens last Nov. 20 on the Hollywood Park turf. She followed with an allowance score April 1 at Santa Anita before her Wilshire and Gamely wins. Her latest grass success increased her earnings to $655,196.


Completing the 1/18 miles in 1:47.29, Dubawi Heights, the 9-2 third choice in the field of eight, paid $11.40, $7 and $3.80.


Celtic Princess, who won gate-to-wire last Dec. 30 at Santa Anita in her first start for trainer A C Avila, paid $12 and $5. Cozi Rosie, the 19-10 favorite who finished 1 ¾ lengths behind Celtic Princess, returned $3 to show.


Restless Soul, the second longest shot in the cast at 27-1, was fourth, 1 ½ lengths back of Cozi Rosie, then came Malibu Pier, the 2-1 second choice, Éclair de Lune, Turning Top, who is also trained by Callaghan, and Madera Castana.


“Everything we’ve asked, she’s really come well for us, this filly,’’ said Callaghan after the first Grade I victory of his career. “She’s really improved and progressed each time.


“She was a good filly in Europe, stakes placed as a 2-year-old, but she’s had various injuries and setbacks which kept her off the track as a 3-year-old. She’s getting better with age and maturing. Getting a Grade I means everything. I am delighted for all of the owners. It’s fantastic. I couldn’t be happier.’’


Callaghan indicated Dubawi Heights could be pointed to the Beverly D. Stakes, a Grade I at 1 3/16 miles on turf which will be run Aug. 13 at Arlington Park.


The win was a meet high eighth in a stakes for Rosario and his first in the Gamely.


“That horse in front (Celtic Princess) got such an easy lead early, but my filly was traveling really nice and I had a lot of confidence in her,’’ said Rosario. “Last year when I rode her she was behind horses and had a lot of trouble. Now she showed me that she can run through anything. I can see the improvement from race to race. She gets a hold of the track a lot better. The more she races, the better she gets.’’


Rafael Bejarano, who rode the runner-up, was certainly happy with the effort he got from the Brazilian bred.


“At the top of the stretch, I thought I was going to win the race because I had so much confidence in her and she tries so hard,’’ said Bejarano, who won this event in 2010 with the late Tuscan Evening and with Precious Kitten in 2008. “She showed me a big kick. My horse and the other horse (Dubawi Heights) were the only two that kept running. They both finished really strong.’’




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You've got Dubawi Heights, Hibaayeb, Aviate, Cheetah, and Dyna Waltz that have all been sent to America from racing in the UK, and all of them are really running terrific in America!! Can't blame the European connection's of these fillies at all. Because they were all running well in the UK also, but just hadn't quite been running well enough to win group or graded stakes in Europe. This isn't a knock at American fillies, but clearly the European fillies have been proving themselves to be superior to the American turf fillies so far this season. I.E., you have Aviate, Hibaayeb, and Dubawi Heights who have all won races in America on turf, and Cheetah and Dyna Waltz have placed on both turf and poly-track. You can't blame the Euro's for sending them over knowing they have really good shot at racking up graded stakes win's, plus really good $$$ in the U.S. JMO.

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