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Plum easy for Pretty filly in Sunland Oaks
There could have been no double about who was best in Sunday's $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks, not after PLUM PRETTY (Medaglia d'Oro) asserted her dominance in the 1 1/16-mile test. All jockey Martin Garcia had to do was stay in the saddle as the bay lass drew off to a whopping 25-length victory as the 1-20 favorite.
The Bob Baffert-trained filly immediately began pressing the early pace set by Icelain Diva (El Corredor), and ranged up to take over through the half-mile in :46 4/5. From there, she merely widened her advantage: 3 1/2 lengths clear through six furlongs in 1:11 1/5, a mile in 1:36 2/5 while 10 lengths in front and finishing up the race in 1:43 while hitting 25 lengths on the wire.
Plum Pretty paid $2.10, $2.10 and $2.10 to her multitude of backers, while Paloma Mesa (Sky Mesa) came in much the best of the rest in second. It was another 5 3/4 lengths back to Formal Plan (Formal Gold), who had a neck to spare over Golden Springs (Pomeroy). Cassy Sue (Bluegrass Cat) was another 11 1/2 lengths behind, while Icelain Diva was eased under the wire.
Plum Pretty entered the Sunland Park Oaks owning just one win, with that coming in her career bow in October. She opened her three-year-old season, and her stakes account, with a third-place run in the Santa Ynez S. (G2) at Santa Anita, then stretched out to a mile and filled that same spot in the Las Virgenes S. (G1) last out on February 5. The winner's share from Sunday's race boosted her career earnings to $190,800.
Bred in Pennsylvania by Silent Indy Stables & DDS Stables, Plum Pretty RNAed her first two trips to the sales ring when reaching $100,000 as a Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected yearling and $75,000 two months later as an Eastern Fall yearling. She finally saw the gavel fall on a winning bid when bringing $130,000 at last year's OBS March Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training.
The bay lass is out of the A.P. Indy mare Liszy, making her a half-sister to an unnamed juvenile filly by Scat Daddy and a yearling filly by Dixie Union. Liszy is herself a daughter of Grade 2 winner Silent Account (Private Account), who placed in the Gazelle H. (G1) and Selima S. (G1) during her career.
Plum Pretty's third dam is Grade 3-placed stakes victress Ciao (Silent Screen), who would go on in the breeding shed to produce the likes of Grade 1 hero Secret Hello (Private Account) and Group 3-winning sire Hadif (Clever Trick). This is the same family as 2008 Blue Grass S. (G1) scorer Monba (Maria's Mon).