Lynch has high hopes for 2-year-old filly Theodosia

Lynch has high hopes for 2-year-old filly Theodosia
Photo: Maryland Jockey Club

Stretched out to a mile after three foundation-building sprint races, Equine Prep’s well-regarded Theodosia earned her first career win Sunday at Laurel, forging a short lead in mid-stretch and powered down the center of the track to a 1 ¼-length maiden victory.
Theodosia, a gray or roan daughter of Exchange Rate, went the distance in 1:38.85 over a fast main track in the $40,000 maiden special weight for juvenile fillies. She had never run farther than the 5 ½ furlongs of her previous effort, when she rallied to be third Aug. 24 at Delaware Park.
“[Equine Prep director] John O’Hara and I were talking about her and we kind of prepped her to go long. We’re hoping having a nice filly at this time of year that wants to go two turns can be a lot of fun,” Laurel-based trainer Cal Lynch said. “It was nice to have a few races under her. She had good experiences every time, and Jevian did a great job. We’re delighted.”
Jockey Jevian Toledo, aboard for the first time, settled Theodosia in for clear run four ride from their far outside post as Stella B. wrested a narrow lead from 33-1 long shot Child’s Play through moderate fractions of 24.41 and 48.41 seconds. Toledo began to launch a bid around the far turn and moved on the leaders after straightening for home, sweeping to the front after six furlongs in 1:13.56 and prevailing to the wire.
Ultimate Challenge was a stubborn runner-up, a neck ahead of late-running Delta House. Sagamore Farm’s Scary Not Scared, a $350,000 yearling purchase last fall making her second career start, wound up fifth as the 8-5 favorite.
Theodosia ran second in her June 17 unveiling behind Limited View, who tried stakes company in the Adirondack (G2) at Saratoga before coming back to beat winners Sept. 8 at Laurel. Theodosia finished fifth July 30 to impressive debut winner Jehozacat, fourth in the Sorority in her subsequent start.
“John and I talked about her and that’s kind of what we decided where we’re going to go, give her a couple of educational races we thought she could win,” Lynch said. “We wouldn’t have been shocked if she’d have won one of those races, especially first time out, but we ran into the really quick filly of John Salzman’s. She’s run into a couple of good fillies. The filly that beat her at Delaware was a really nice Uncle Mo filly as well. We’re glad to get the win.”
Lucky in Malibu Likely Stakes-Bound Again After Allowance Win
Z W P Stable and Non Stop Stable’s multiple stakes-placed filly Lucky in Malibu is likely headed back to stakes competition following her three-quarter-length allowance triumph Sept. 15 at Laurel.
Trainer Gary Capuano said the $100,000 Tax Free Shopping Distaff for fillies and mares 3 and up going six furlongs Sept. 30 at Delaware Park could be next on the agenda for Lucky in Malibu, a 3-year-old daughter of Lookin At Lucky that has finished second or third in three stakes and fourth in three others including her most recent attempt in Laurel’s Miss Disco Aug. 19.
Last time out, Lucky in Malibu was settled early before coming with a late drive on the far outside from the quarter-pole to the wire in a six-furlong entry-level allowance victory over her elders. She also beat older horses in a similar spot facing fellow Maryland-breds June 25.
“The Delaware certified race at the end of the month is one option for her. Then from there I’m not positive yet. I’m just kind of playing it by ear,” Capuano said. “I was very impressed with her last race. She’s a workhorse.
“She came out of the race good; she’s just tough. She runs,” he added. “She’s one of those warriors that dances every dance and shows up every time. Sometimes she doesn’t get there but if things set up good for her she’s always making that run.”
Capuano also said multiple stakes winner O Dionysus, unraced since April 22, remains at owner Peter Angelos’ Marathon Farm with no timetable yet for his return.
The 3-year-old Bodemeister colt won the Christopher Elser Memorial last year and the Miracle Wood Feb. 18 at Laurel, also finishing second in the 2016 Marylander behind Irish War Cry, the Frank Whiteley Jr., Private Terms and Federico Tesio. The latter two came against Twisted Tom, who went on to run sixth in the Belmont Stakes (G1) then win the New York Derby and Albany.

“He’s doing fine. He’ll be starting back in training soon,” Capuano said. “We’re just giving him plenty of time to develop and mature a little bit. He’s doing well on the farm.”

Source: Maryland Jockey Club

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