Sunday, November 27, 2011

Juvenile Spotlight: Table Three Ten

One of my favorite things to do is find young horses that have the potential to be superstars. Two-year-olds I have discovered this year before they went on to bigger and better things include Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) winner, My Miss Aurelia, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint winner, Secret Circle, two-time grade one winner, Weemissfrankie, and grade three winner, Pure Gossip. It is very entertaining and rewarding to discover two-year-olds before they go on to record prestigious victories. Juvenile Spotlights highlight some of the two-year-olds I have discovered.

Alliteration, like that in the name of this El Prado filly, could be an announcer’s worst nightmare. However, the talent of Table Three Ten is a horse owner’s dream come true.
Born on March 3, 2009 in Kentucky, the gray/roan filly is a homebred for her owners, Cobra Farm. The daughter of El Prado is likely named after a restaurant of the same name in Lexington, Kentucky, the same city Cobra Farm is located in. Located on 340 acres in the Horse Capital of the World, Cobra Farm has been in the Biszantz family since 1995. The farm is where the 1977 Triple Crown winner, Seattle Slew, was born, as well as many other champions and graded stakes winners. Perhaps Table Three Ten could add to the list of champions born on the farm.
Table Three Ten, who is the first foal out of the stakes-placed More than Ready mare Hopes and Dreams, debuted on the day after Thanksgiving, otherwise known as Black Friday. Entered in a six furlong maiden special weight for two-year-old fillies at Fair Grounds Race Course, the Michael Stidham trainee sat off the lead before looming large as the horses came around the final bend.
Table Three Ten drew away when jockey Jesse Campbell threw some crosses at her, reminding her she had to keep running to keep the other horses away. Once Campbell looked behind him and realized that the gray filly didn’t need any more reminders, he sat still aboard the filly as they galloped toward the wire. The pair crossed the wire an easy five and one-quarter lengths ahead of the others.
With her victory, Table Three Ten made many watch lists, including mine. Her sire, El Prado, was a champion racehorse and an outstanding sire that died in 2009 – the year Table Three Ten was born – from an apparent heart attack. In her impressive debut, Table Three Ten conjured up hopes of continuing El Prado’s legacy. She has a long way to go, but if her maiden is any hint of what is in store, racing fans are in for a treat.

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1 comment:

  1. Great comments! I couldn't agree more. This filly ran away from the field in a really nice way.

    Really looking forward to seeing her run next time out, and having a nice bet on her.

    I was lucky enough to visit El Prado in 2008, and he was truly majestic.