Thank You Marylou Romps in GIII; Racing Recap

Bred in Virginia by Mr. and Mrs. C. W. McNeeley, Thank You Marylou put in a dominating performance in Saturday’s Grade III Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs. The daughter of Birdstone tracked the leaders mid-pack in the 7-furlong race before making her move 3-wide in the turn. The 3-year-old won under a steady drive by 6 1/2 lengths.

Thank You Marylou is no stranger to stakes races. Her debut was a winning one in the Tippett Stakes at Colonial Downs last summer, a victory she followed up with a second-placed finish in the Grade II Adirondack at Saratoga and a victory in the Any Limit Stakes at Gulfstream. Third in the Grade I Ashland this April, this was her first victory since the Any Limit.

“That was perfect,” said trainer Mike Maker. “She prefers an outside post position. So she put herself in a good spot and she really ran the way we’ve been thinking she could run for a while.”

As to a possible entry in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint? Maker responded to a reporter’s observation that the race is run over the same distance as this contest:

“I’m aware.”

Thankyou Marylou romps in the Grade III Dogwood. Photo courtesy Churchill Downs.

Thank You Marylou romps in the Grade III Dogwood. Photo courtesy Churchill Downs.

Virginia-bred Love and Marriage, bred by Morgan’s Ford Farm, broke her maiden in a maiden special weight at Belmont Park on September 20. Owned by Justice Family Racing, the 3-year-old daughter of Arch was making her second start in this 1 1/16-mile turf race. In the back of the pack for most of the running, the Chad Brown trainee made a good run at the sixteenth pole to secure the victory by 1 1/4 lengths. Love and Marriage is out of Go Baby Go by Lion Cavern.

Love and Marriage winning at Belmont September 20. Photo courtesy Adam Coglianese.

Love and Marriage winning at Belmont September 20. Photo courtesy Adam Coglianese.

Virginia-bred Complete St. took his win streak to two-for-two in the George Rosenberger Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park last weekend. The 4-year-old son of St. Averil, bred by Mede Cahaba Stable and Stud LLC took the 1 1/16-mile contest at odds of 20-to-1 for owner Harlan Crossman and trainer Lilith Boucher. Winner of an allowance at the same venue August 18, Complete St. sat close to the pace in second for most of the running before making her move in the upper stretch. A fierce run put her a nose to the better at the wire.

Complete St. is out of Complete Number by Polish Numbers.

Complete St. winning The George Rosenberger Memorial stakes on Owners Day at Delaware Park on September 13. Photo courtesy Hoofprints Inc.

Complete St. winning The George Rosenberger Memorial stakes on Owners Day at Delaware Park on September 13. Photo courtesy Hoofprints Inc.

Complete St. winning at Delaware Park on August 18.

Complete St. winning at Delaware Park on August 18.

Long on Value, bred by Snow Lantern Thoroughbreds, made good on the closing day at Canterbury Park with a 1 3/4-length victory in the Mystic Lake Derby. The 3-year-old son of Value Plus made his debut with a three-win streak last summer that included the Jamestown Stakes at Colonial Downs and the Strike Your Colors Stakes at Delaware Park. The Bill-Mott trainee made good on that promise here, settling mid-pack and garnering the win under a full-out drive. Owned by Wachtel Stable and George Kerr, Long on Value is out of Long Message by Orientate.

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Long on Value winning the Jamestown Stakes in 2013. Photo courtesy Coady Photography.

Malice, a 3-year-old homebred for Lady Olivia at Northcliff, broke his maiden at Delaware on August 18. The grey gelding, by Any Given Saturday, is out of Bedtime for Jr. by Buddha and trained by Carla Morgan.

Malice winning at Delaware Park on August 18. Photo courtesy Hoofprints Inc.

Malice winning at Delaware Park on August 18. Photo courtesy Hoofprints Inc.

You can also check out the replay of Malibu Springs’ victory in a maiden at Kentucky Downs on September 17. The 3-year-old son of Malibu Moon out of the Storm Cat mare So Probable put in a nose victory over a mile course for owner Dennis Farkas and trainer Ian Wilkes. The gelding was bred by the Estate of Edward Evans.