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Flint already thinking Oaks for Seaneen Girl
Seaneen Girl's upset victory in Saturday's Grade 2 Golden Rod at Churchill Downs had trainer Bernie Flint thinking about the first Friday in May on Sunday morning.
"They're going to run the (Grade 1 Kentucky) Oaks here (at Churchill Downs) and she loves the place," Flint said. "She's second in (Road to the Kentucky Oaks) points (behind Executiveprivilege) and she's just coming around.
"(Her win) meant a lot to me at this stage of the game. I've always been a filly specialist and it'd be great if I could win the Oaks."
Naveed Chowhan's Seaneen Girl won the Golden Rod at odds of 31-1, which makes her the highest-priced winner since Sequent won the race in 1962 at 96-1.
"No one told her that she's not supposed to run with those kinds of horses and I sure didn't tell her," Flint stated.
At 72-years old, Flint said having a filly like Seaneen Girl in the barn is a reason to stay in the game.
"I'll stay around as long as I want to do it and having a good one like her makes you want to stay in the game," he remarked. "It gives you something to live for. I've been doing this all my life and you look for those kind and they don't come around easily."
Flint said Seaneen Girl, a two-year-old chestnut daughter of Spring at Last, exited the Golden Rod in fine form.
"She's doing great and she ate up everything," the horseman said. "We'll take her to the Fair Grounds and look at the Silverbulletday (on January 19), but if we have to ship, we'll ship. She's at the top of her game."
Seaneen Girl defeated favored Gal About Town in the Golden Rod and she could face that filly again if she does run in the Silverbulletday.
"She came out of the race good," trainer Bret Calhoun said of the chestnut daughter of City Zip. "She ran well, but we're disappointed she didn't win. She'll leave for the Fair Grounds on Monday and the Silverbulletday will most likely be her next start."
Gal About Town will be joined on the trip to New Orleans by Tour Guide, who won Saturday's 7TH race by 4 1/2 lengths.
"We've always liked this horse and he ran very well," Calhoun said. "He'll come to the Fair Grounds, but I'm not sure what we'll do with him yet."