Winter Sunset aims to follow dam, grand dam as Lake George champ

NYRA Press Office
July 12, 2019 01:33pm
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Trainer Wayne Catalano reported that royally-bred stakes winner Winter Sunset is a possibility for the Grade 3, $150,000 Lake George on Friday, July 19 – a race won by both her dam Winter Memories (2011) and grand dam Memories of Silver (1996). 

The gray or roan daughter by Tapit has placed in all three of her starts against graded stakes company. Last out, she raced in the Regret (G3) at Churchill Downs, where she broke sharply from the rail and sat just off of the pace but was unable to run down the front-running Hard Legacy.

Prior to that, Winter Sunset finished third in a pair of Grade 3 events – the Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs and the Edgewood at Churchill – won by Concrete Rose, who recently captured the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational.

Since her last start, Winter Sunset has recorded two breezes over the main track at Churchill Downs, most recently going five furlongs in 1:03.80.

"She's doing very well. We got to get her a graded stakes win so we're looking at the race," Catalano said of Winter Sunset, who is owned by Coffeepot Stables and Phillips Racing Partnership. "She's run some good races. Concrete Rose has turned out to be a very nice filly, so we've been getting beat by legitimately nice horses."

Winter Sunset won her first two career starts over the turf at Fair Grounds, the latter of which took place in the Shantel Lanerie Memorial Overnight where she beat graded stakes winner Elsa.

Bred in Kentucky by co-owners Phillips Racing Partnership, Winter Sunset is out of two-time Grade 1-winning millionaire Winter Memories who was a three-time winner at The Spa. Her grand dam Memories of Silver also was a two-time Grade 1-winning millionaire, taking all four of her starts over the Saratoga turf. 

 

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