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Bouquet Booth blossoms in Delta Princess
Right Time Racing's BOUQUET BOOTH (Flower Alley) made a sweeping move around the final turn to reach contention in Saturday's $500,000 Delta Downs Princess S. (G3), then was up in time through the short stretch to prevail by a half-length over fellow Kentucky shipper Niji's Grand Girl (Candy Ride [Arg]) in the lucrative one-mile heat for juvenile fillies. Sent away at 9-1 under Shaun Bridgmohan, the dark bay finished up in 1:40 2/5 over the fast track and returned $21.20, $9 and $6.60.
The top two finishers raced closer to the rear of the field early as Grandacious (Grand Slam) held a half-length advantage through splits of :22, :46 4/5 and 1:12 1/5. She was pressed most of the way by Fiscal Policy (Wildcat Heir) while 4-5 favorite Promise Me a Cat (D'wildcat) raced in a three-wide position down the backside. Around the far turn, Gradacious continued to hold the lead as Fiscal Policy fell back and Promise Me a Cat came under a drive. The favorite failed to respond adequately, however, and it would be up the closers to give Grandacious a run for her money.
The long-time leader opened up a length in the stretch, but Niji's Grand Girl came running hard with Bouquet Booth moving even more strongly down the middle of the racetrack. Both eventually moved past Grandacious, but Bouquet Booth's bid proved more formidable. Niji's Grand Girl, also at 9-1, finished a neck ahead of Grandacious with Promise Me a Cat more than five lengths behind in fourth.
Niji's Grand Girl returned $7.80 and $3.80, while Grandacious was worth $5.60 at 6-1. The exacta paid $184.80, the trifecta $1,258.60, and the 8-1-2-7 superfecta $3,963.40. Promise Me a Cat was followed under the wire by All About Allie (Storm and a Half), Little Widow Maker (Orientate), Perfectly Candid (Pleasantly Perfect), Patty's Pride (Special Rate) and Fiscal Policy.
Third and second in her first two starts over dirt at Hoosier Park for trainer Steve Margolis, Bouquet Booth broke through against maiden foes last time at Keeneland, scoring by 3 1/2 lengths going seven furlongs on Polytrack. This initial stakes tally boosted her career earnings to $338,700. Bred in Kentucky by Brookdale and Dr. Ted Folkerth, she sold for $30,000 this past June at the OBS Two-Year-Old in Training Sale.
Bouquet Booth is the first stakes winner produced by Toll Order (Loup Sauvage), whose latest offspring is an unnamed yearling filly by After Market. Toll Order was produced by the Grade 2-placed stakes winner Toll Fee (Topsider). That makes her a half-sister to the Grade 3-placed The Bink (Seeking the Gold), the dam of multiple Grade 1 vixen Riskaverse (Dynaformer) and Grade 3 winner Cozzy Corner (Cozzene). This is also the family of recent Cotillion S. (G2) winner Havre de Grace (Saint Liam). Bouquet Booth's third dam was Broodmare of the Year Toll Booth (Buckpasser).