Koala Queen Wins at Laurel Park
Monday, October 31, 2016
8th-LRL, $47,835, Alw (NW2X)/Opt. Clm ($28,000-$32,000), 10-30, 3yo/up, f/m, 1 1/16mT, 1:40.56, fm. KOALA QUEEN (f, 3, Lonhro {Aus}--Josette {Ire}, by Danehill), who landed her first two starts at this venue back in the fall of 2015, showed she was rounding back into form with a second routing over the local grass course July 2. She dropped a spot cut back to 5 1/2 furlongsJuly 22 and lacked the needed punch switched to Big Sandy=s grass when seventh Sept. 15. The 7-2 shot zipped straight to the head of affairs and had things all her own way on the front end through the early going. Still traveling sweetly through three-quartersin 1:10.99, Koala Queen cut the corner and dashed home to win. Ginger N Rye (More Than Ready) rallied sharply and cut her winning margin down to a length. The winner is a half to Deep Sound (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}), GSP-Jpn, $650,743; Las Venturas(Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}), GSP-Jpn, $815,961; and Woodwin W (More Than Ready), SW, $119,540. Sales history: $60,000 RNA Ylg '14 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 8-3-1-1, $88,320. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton. O-Peter J. Callahan, W. Catesby Clay & Chris Zinkhan; B-Runnymede Farm & Peter J. Callahan (KY); T-Arnaud Delacour