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Millionreasonswhy captures sophomore bow in Wide Country
Sagamore Farm's Millionreasonswhy made her sophomore bow a winning one on Saturday when capturing the $77,750 Wide Country Stakes at Laurel Park by 1 1/4 lengths with jockey Horacio Karamanos in the irons.
The bay miss went ran three wide around the turn after stalking the pace on the backstretch, grabbed command on the outside of 4-5 favorite Dance to Bristol and drew off under a hand ride to complete seven furlongs on the good dirt in 1:24.
Trained by Ignacio Correas IV, Millionreasonswhy was made the even-money second choice in this contest off a more than six-month break. She broke her maiden by four lengths last June in an off-the-turf contest at Colonial Downs before shipping to Belmont Park to add a two-length score in the Grade 2 Matron Stakes to her record.
The Grand Slam filly just missed when second by a neck to eventual Eclipse Award winner and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies heroine My Miss Aurelia in the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes, and hasn't been seen in competition since that August 14 event at Saratoga.
"She's never run more than 6 1/2 (furlongs) before," Correas said. "She lost to My Miss Aurelia in a very hurting defeat at Saratoga. We were looking for seven-eighths to start her back. She was doing awesome, every morning. Dance to Bristol was a tough cookie to beat."
Millionreasonswhy posted two blistering workouts at Laurel last month, with Karamanos in the irons, as preparation for her 2012 debut.
"She is working so good in the mornings," Karamanos said. "The only instructions were to let her relax in the first part, let the filly run, if she gets tired don't hit her too much. She needs the race, but she runs like she did not need the race. At the quarter-pole I asked her to go and she ran big."
Correas indicated his star would likely make her next start in the Grade 3 Comely Stakes going a mile at Aqueduct on April 7 with the Grade 1, $1 million Kentucky Oaks on May 4 as the ultimate goal.
"I think that she is a one of a kind and I'm lucky to have something like that in my hands," Correas remarked. "I always thought she was something very special and I am glad she is back. It is very nice to see she is still the same kind of horse she was at two because some don't make the natural progression at three.
"We are going to do this step-by-step. The Comely is a mile and if it goes the way it should then we'll point to the Oaks. That doesn't mean she has to win but she finished good today and was able to relax which will help me prepare for the next start."
Karamanos and Correas are both natives of Argentina and have been friends for more than 25 years.
"I have known him since I was a kid so I am so happy to win races for him," Karamanos added.
With this win now under her girth, Millionreasonswhy has accumulated $178,340 in earnings to go along with her 4-3-1-0 mark.