Right Time Racing LLC's BOUQUET BOOTH (Flower Alley) was the only runner on the stakes undercard of Fair Grounds' Road to the Derby Kickoff Day who ended up justifying the public's faith as favorite when capturing Saturday's $98,000 Silverbulletday S., formerly known as the Tiffany Lass S.
Sent off the 8-5 choice against six rivals, the Steve Margolis trainee bumped with Daisy Devine (Kafwain) at the start, but that didn't deter her from going straight to the front. The sophomore filly set moderate splits of :24 2/5, :48 3/5, 1:13 1/5 and 1:38 4/5 over the fast main track while stalked the entire way by Daisy Devine. Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan set Bouquet Booth down for the drive, and the gutsy lass responded by digging deep when confronted by Daisy Devine in upper stretch. She never relinquished the advantage, posting a neck decision on the wire while finishing up a mile and 40 yards in 1:41 1/5.
"She's a fighter," Bridgmohan said. "They came up to her and she got a little tired at the end but she knew what she was doing and she gutted it out."
Bouquet Booth entered this one off a half-length victory in the November 20 Delta Downs Princess S. (G3). The dark bay just broken her maiden on the Polytrack at Keeneland prior to that mile event, and finished here with $398,700 in earnings. Her career mark now stands at 5-3-1-1.
"She's got a lot of class," Margolis said. "She showed a lot of determination because the other horse had just won over the track. We were coming off a two-month semi-layoff by design. She showed the grit."
Margolis went on to add that the March 26 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) is on Bouquet Booth's radar as she continues preparing for the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (G1), but a stop in the February 19 Rachel Alexandra S. (G3) might not be necessary.
"Danny and the group will sit down," he said, speaking of Right Time Racing's managing partner Dan Glick. "Our main goal is the (Kentucky) Oaks in May at Churchill in their hometown. We don't want to make any decisions right now."
The Kentucky-bred filly has more than earned her sales price back, having brought $30,000 at last June's OBS Two-Year-Old in Training Sale from her current connections. She is the first stakes winner produced by Toll Order (Loup Sauvage), whose latest offspring is an unnamed juvenile filly by After Market.
Toll Order was herself produced by the Grade 2-placed stakes winner Toll Fee (Topsider). That makes her a half-sister to 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 Havre de Grace (Saint Liam), who ran a nose and neck second behind champion three-year-old filly Blind Luck (Pollard's Vision) in the respective Delaware Oaks (G2) and Alabama S. (G1) before defeating that rival in the Cotillion S. (G2). Havre de Grace completed her sophomore season finishing third behind Blind Luck's second in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (G1).
Bouquet Booth's third dam is Broodmare of the Year Toll Booth (Buckpasser).