Sisterly Love Takes Next Step at Gulfstream

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Kinsman Stable’s 4-year-old Kentucky homebred filly Sisterly Love didn’t make her career debut until Oct. 27 at Calder for trainer Bill White, but she appears to be making up for lost time in a hurry as she bids for a third victory in as many starts in a $57,500 allowance feature Sunday at Gulfstream Park.

"She was always highly thought of by the people at Kinsman,” said White Friday morning. “She was initially set to be sent to New York to begin her career, but had one minor physical issue after another that kept her back. She was a big, growthy filly. She’s obviously lived up to expectations in her first two starts and I think she’ll answer the bell again Sunday, although this is a big step up in competition.”

Sisterly Love is a daughter of Kinsman’s 2005 Wood Memorial (G1) winner Bellamy Road and won her debut by 11 ½ lengths going 5 ½ furlongs as the 11-to-10 favorite. She came back at Gulfstream for her second start on Dec. 2 in an ‘a other than’ allowance at one mile as the 1-to-2 favorite and scored by 1 ¼ lengths under jockey Luis Saez, who will be back aboard for Sunday’s ‘two other than’ test at one mile.

Sisterly Love will likely be one of the choices in Sunday’s field of nine, but faces her biggest test yet in the form of Wertheimer et Frere’s 4-year-old Shared Heart with Javier Castellano aboard for trainer Todd Pletcher, Janis Whitham’s Magic Hour and Jose Lezcano to ride for trainer Ian Wilkes and Lally Stable’s 4-year-old Oh Carole with Corey Lanerie getting the call for trainer Eddie Kenneally.

Shared Heart has been favored in five of her seven career starts, beginning with a stunning career debut over the Gulfstream track in mid-January by 2011 when she romped home an 11-length winner. The Kentucky homebred daughter of Forestry finished third in a one-mile overnight stakes at Belmont Park in her third appearance and made her last three starts at Gulfstream last season.

Shared Heart finished second by a half-length in a turf allowance in December, won a main track sprint allowance by six lengths on a ‘sloppy’ track in February and finished second as the odds-on favorite in a ‘two other than’ sprint allowance last out on Mar. 29.

Magic Hour is a Kentucky homebred daughter of Awesome Again from the same owner-breeder-trainer team of Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) hero Fort Larned. Magic Hour won two of six starts with one second and one third this year, winning two races at Hoosier Park and just missing when second by a head last out in a 1 1/16 miles allowance test at Churchill Downs on Nov. 11.

Oh Carole finished third with Magic Hour second last out in the Nov. 11 allowance race at Churchill Downs. The daughter of Unbridled’s Song made her second and third career starts at Gulfstream in early 2011, winning an allowance race and finishing fourth in the Davona Dale Stakes (G2) behind runaway winner R Heat Lightning.



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