Two-time Oaklawn winner Dutch Parrot has earned more money each year since her racing career began in 2016.
Another bump in 2019 would guarantee history for the 4-year-old daughter of Eskendereya, bred and owned by John Ed Anthony of Hot Springs.
Dutch Parrot needs $114,939 to become the all-time leading female Arkansas-bred money winner, according to figures provided to the Arkansas Thoroughbred Breeders' & Horsemen's Association by Equibase, racing's official data gathering organization.
Humble Clerk earned a record $503,545 from 1999-2001. Dutch Parrot has $388,607 in earnings after bankrolling a hefty $243,534 this year for Anthony and trainer Will VanMeter. Her 12-race campaign was highlighted by a 3 ¼-length victory in the $200,000 Lady Jacqueline Stakes Aug. 18 at Thistledown and a third-place finish in the $200,000 Falls City Handicap (G2) Nov. 22 at Churchill Downs.
“That would be a great goal to accomplish,” VanMeter said. “I think she's very deserving. But the filly has to stay healthy and win a few more races.”
At the 2017 Oaklawn meeting, Dutch Parrot broke her maiden against state-breds and won a state-bred allowance race before finishing eighth in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3).
Dutch Parrot was winless in three starts at the 2018 Oaklawn meeting, but she came to life in the second half of the year with a powerful victory in the Lady Jacqueline, a Nov. 2 allowance victory at Churchill Downs and a solid finish in the Falls City.
“I know she didn't really have a great meet here last (season),” VanMeter said. “We never really changed anything with the filly. She's really straight forward to train. She's a big horse, so I think it was just giving her time to come around and get her feet back under her.”
VanMeter said Dutch Parrot has been in “neutral a little bit” since the Falls City, but the hope is an active 2019 Oaklawn campaign as she chases history.
“I think we're going to go on and be aggressive with her early in the meet,” VanMeter said.
Dutch Parrot earned $1,635 as a 2-year-old in 2016 and $143,438 in 2017. She has a 4-3-5 record from 20 starts overall.
Champion Nodouble is the top Arkansas-bred money winner in history, earning $846,749 in 1967-1970. Humble Clerk ranks sixth.
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