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Dynamic Holiday scores in Florida Oaks
Augustin Stable's DYNAMIC HOLIDAY (Harlan's Holiday) had to make her way through a full field in Saturday's $105,000 Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs, which was being run on turf for the first time in the race's 28 year history, but veteran reinsman Ramon Dominguez never flinched as the bay lass split horses en route to a 1 3/4-length victory. The Graham Motion trainee was forced to angle out in the lane and easily powered home to stop the clock in 1:45 2/5 for 1 1/16 miles on the good turf. In the process, she began Dominguez's sweep of the three stakes on Festival Preview Day.
Dynamic Holiday paid $8, $4.20 and $3.20 at 3-1 for the win, which was her third straight victory after breaking her maiden at Keeneland in October and taking the Tropical Park Oaks on New Year's Day. Making her fourth turf start from six career races here, the bay lass improved her overall line to 6-3-2-0 and has now earned $142,575 in lifetime earnings.
"I was a little worried about it (the good turf) to be honest, just because she ran (seventh over a good turf course) at Belmont and it was quite soft that day, so it's varying degrees of good," Motion said. "But the filly's done great, she's matured since then and I think she's getting better and better."
Holidaysatthefarm (Smarty Jones) rallied five wide in the stretch, but just could not catch Dynamic Holiday before the wire came. The near 6-1 shot finished a length in front of 5-2 favorite Niji's Grand Girl (Candy Ride [Arg]), who in turn was a head up on early pacesetter Her Smile (Include) at the wire.
Victoryat Last (Victory Gallop), Ipswich Bay (Rockport Harbor), Mistress Gallop (Victory Gallop), Whodoesthat (Giacomo), Michelle's Trip (Trippi), Glore Race (North Light [Ire]), Annabel Lee (J Town) and Fancy Point (Point Given) followed the top four under the wire.
Motion has no immediate plans for Dynamic Holiday's next race, but is hopeful she'll continue to progress.
"I haven't really though about it, to be honest," he said. "Don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves, but I think she's going to be a pretty good filly. (The race) was very impressive. (Dominguez) rode her at Belmont, during her only poor race, and this is the kind of filly he thought she was when he first sat on her. And she beat a decent field today."
Bred in Pennsylvania by George Strawbridge Jr., Dynamic Holiday is a half-sister to last year's Tropical Park Derby (G3) hero Cat Park (Tale of the Cat). The pair are out of stakes winner Dynamic Cat (Dynaformer), who has since produced a juvenile filly named Appealing Cat (Successful Appeal) and an unnamed yearling full sister to the Florida Oaks winner.
Dynamic Holiday's third dam is Creaking Board (GB) (Night Shift), winner of the 1992 Hollywood Starlet S. (G1) and Miesque S. after being sent to the United States from France, where she placed in the Prix Robert Papin (Fr-G2) and Prix la Fleche. Creaking Board is a full sister to German highweight Dyhim Diamond (Ire) and German One Thousand Guineas (Ger-G2) heroine Dakhla Oasis, and would go on in the breeding shed to foal Grade 3 winner Crowd Pleaser (A.P. Indy).