Swooping from last to first with an acceleration that powered her to a seven-length victory, Bizzy Caroline registered an impressive win in allowance company over the Churchill Downs turf on May 27.
Bred by Runnymede and farm Chairman Catesby W. Clay and racing for Clay, three-year-old Bizzy Caroline won her second consecutive start, proving trainer Ken McPeek’s assessment that she possesses stakes potential.
Despite plans for the filly to be forwardly placed in the race, jockey Manoel Cruz was content to let Bizzy Caroline drop far off the early pace set by Accept, who was tracked closely by favorite Dos Lunas. As Bizzy Caroline advanced wide on the far turn, she was pushed even wider when Sola Gratia drifted out, but despite running farther than any other starter in the eight-filly field, she drew off to win with ease.
The daughter of Afleet Alex out of Runnymede’s Saint Ballado mare Sacre Coeur completed the 1 1/16 miles on a course rated good in 1:44.67. Bizzy Caroline carried top weight of 122 pounds, giving four pounds to each of her rivals, as she improved her career record to two wins in five starts with one placing and increased her earnings by $30,600 to $65,427.
Runnymede is particularly excited about Bizzy Caroline as she is a granddaughter of the farm’s foundation mare Kazadancoa, who passed away in March at the age of 33. Bizzy Caroline also promises to further enhance the already sterling credentials of Runnymede’s foal crop of 2008, which includes Grade 1 winner Jaycito; Irish Group 2 winner Laughing Lashes, who recently was third in the classic Irish One Thousand Guineas (G1), and Grade 3 winner Rogue Romance, who was third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1).
And yet another from Runnymede’s 2008 crop, the filly Pinch Pie, is developing into a very promising runner.
Two days before Bizzy Caroline’s win, Pinch Pie delivered a similarly stunning come-from-behind victory in a Delaware Park turf allowance. Bred by Runnymede and Clay, Pinch Pie recorded her second victory in six starts that include two placings for Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and The Elkstone Group and trainer Tony Dutrow, and she increased her earnings to $63,012.
Pinch Pie is by Victory Gallop out of Romp and Stomp, by Olympio. Runnymede consigned the filly to the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale and sold her to Dutrow for $65,000.
Runnymede has bred Romp and Stomp—a winning half sister to Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Volponi from the immediate family of French champion Recitation—to champion Street Sense this spring. Romp and Stomp has a yearling filly by Proud Citizen and Runnymede sold her now juvenile colt by Smarty Jones to George and Lori Hall for $70,000 at last year’s Keeneland September sale; that colt has been named Jonesy Boy.
Meanwhile, Sacre Coeur has a handsome yearling colt by Elusive Quality and has been bred this year to Divine Park, the Metropolitan Handicap (G1) winner bred by Runnymede and Clay and sold as a yearling at Keeneland.