BIT OF WHIMSY WINS G2 STAKE

Grade 1 winner and Colonial Downs grad Bit of Whimsy seized command in early stretch and gamely held on for a half-length win in the $174,900 Mrs. Revere Stakes (G2) on November 10 at Churchill Downs.

Virginians Joyce Young’s and Gerald McManis’s Bit of Whimsy entered off a win in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (G1) on October 13 at Keeneland Race Course. Bit of Whimsy is a Kentucky-bred by Distorted Humor, out of Kristi B. by El Prado.

Barclay Tagg trains the filly just as he trained her dam and all of her dam’s brothers and sisters including the graded stakes winners Miss Josh, Royal Mountain In, Highland Springs and Highland Crystal.

According to the Blood-Horse, “She had ouchy shins as a two-year-old,” said co-owner Young. “Instead of going on with her, we gave her some time off, shipped her down to Ocala, and let her get over that. I think sometime time is a smart thing to give them. This family really doesn’t get good until they get a little older anyway.”

Young bred Bit of Whimsy with her mother, Joyce Rowand. Bit of Whimsy’s dam, Kristi B, is named for Young’s daughter.

Kristi B. had an abbreviated racing career when she broke her leg in a workout. “I was there when Kristi B. was born. I was there when she shattered her leg at Saratoga, and I was there when they put the cast on her,” said Young. “She’s like my child. She’s a very special mare to me.”

Bit of Whimsy has now earned $551,533 from seven starts at three.

(Photo by Reed Palmer/Blood-Horse)