Manfuso Cheering for Cathryn Sophia in Davona Dale

Manfuso Cheering for Cathryn Sophia in Davona Dale
Photo: Kenny Martin/Gulfstream Park

A filly bred by prominent Maryland breeder Robert Manfuso was sold for $30,000 at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Fall Yearling Sale at Timonium.
The Maryland-bred daughter of Street Boss, out of the unraced mare Sheave, would be become known as Cathryn Sophia and go on to become an undefeated multiple-stakes winner after only three starts.
Although Cathryn Sophia has already proven to be a steal for Chuck Zacney’s Cash is King LLC, Manfuso will be enthusiastically rooting for the John Servis-trained 3-year-old filly in Saturday’s $200,000 Davona Dale (G2) at Gulfstream Park. 
Manfuso may not own Cathryn Sophia, but he is still in possession of the broodmare that produced the filly who caught the attention of the Thoroughbred world with her handy 4 ¼-length romp in the $150,000 Forward Gal (G2) at Gulfstream last time out. Sheave, a daughter of Grade 2 stakes winner Belterra, has become a much more valuable broodmare through her daughter’s high-profile success.
"I still have the mare, and what can I say? It's a huge deal.  [Cathryn Sophia] could be one of the top 3-year-olds in the country, one of the top 3-year-old fillies in the country,” Manfuso said. “And, that performance (in the Forward Gal), I thought, was some kind of impressive. As of matter of fact, even John Servis who trains the filly, thought it was more impressive than her first two wins, which were big deals.” 
Unlike her first two starts, a maiden race at Parx and the Gin Talking Stakes at Laurel Park, which she won in front-running fashion by a combined 29 lengths, Cathryn Sophia rated off the pace after breaking slowly from the starting gate and closed with a rush to win the seven-furlong Forward Gal going away. 
"I think she showed a couple of things. One, that she can come from off the pace, and two, that she can probably – and time will tell –get two turns," Manfuso said. 
Cathryn Sophia will face six 3-year-old in the one-turn, one-mile Davona Dale, the major prep for the 1 1/16-mile, two-turn Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) April 2.  
Manfuso reported that he’s received inquiries from parties interested in buying Sheave, but he isn’t selling.

“We still have the mare and she is booked back to Street Boss this year after she foals and has another Maryland-bred,” Manfuso said. “So, that will be a full sibling to Cathryn Sophia."

Source: Gulfstream Park

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