‘Like A Ballerina’: Needs Supervision In Good Form For Rachel Alexandra

by | 02.08.2019 | 6:14pm
Silverbulletday winner Needs Supervision (right) comes back in the Rachel Alexandra on Saturday at Fair Grounds

The excellence displayed by Silverbulletday winner Needs Supervision in her last three starts has also been showcased during morning training. On a brisk Friday morning at the Fair Grounds, trainer Jerry O'Dwyer saw another dazzling work out of the 3-year-old daughter of Paynter.

Owned by Howling Pigeon Farm, Madaket Stables, Gary Barber and Wachtel Stable, Needs Supervision breezed over a fast main track and went a half-mile in 48.20 with regular rider Joe Rocco, Jr. aboard for the journey.

“I was very pleased with her,” O'Dwyer said. “I had Joe let her gallop out after the wire. She just did everything right. The track was in good condition and she went out like the professional that she is. Joe just sat on her and she took him around there for a little spin.”

The four-furlong breeze was the sixth fastest of 61 recorded works at the distance and was also her final work in preparation for the Grade II $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes on Saturday, February 16. Needs Supervision will attempt her fourth straight victory in next Saturday's race, which is the second of three New Orleans preps on the Road To The Kentucky Oaks. Prior to winning the Silverbulletday Stakes, she was a second out maiden winner over the main track at Laurel Park over three next out winners, including stakes winner Fashion Faux Pas. She then defeated graded stakes-placed fillies Meadow Dance and Lightscameraaction at Churchill Downs by five lengths back in November.

The Silverbulletday Stakes gave Needs Supervision 10 points on the Road To The Kentucky Oaks, where she currently sits at No. 8 on the Leaderboard. She would earn 50 more points with a win next Saturday. O'Dwyer got his first stakes win as a trainer when she won the Silverbulletday Stakes.

“She's done nothing but improve,” O'Dwyer said. “She's bringing me on a heck of a ride. She's not a big imposing filly but she's not small either. She's just very pretty and very efficient like a ballerina. I wouldn't swap her for anything else in the country, Maybe it's sentimental because I had her and picked her out at the sale and got to develop her myself. She's something special.”

O'Dwyer selected Needs Supervision from the Fasig-Tipton Mid-Atlantic Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale last May for only $55,000 from Hidden Brook's consignment barn. She is out of the stakes-placed Carson City broodmare Moroccan Rose.

“When you don't have unlimited funds to play with, you're always looking for that diamond in the rough,” O'Dwyer said. “It wasn't just a one man effort. I have lots of people to thank along

the way that have lowered her price in order for her to be fair. (Bloodstock agent and pinhooker) Mike McMahon worked with me to help me buy her for the price that I could afford. I'm especially grateful for Howling Pigeon Farm who have supported me. They've only had horses for over a year and this is only their third horse.”

A win in the Rachel Alexandra would give O'Dwyer his first graded stakes win as a trainer.

“I would get very emotional especially with friends and family coming in,” O'Dwyer said. “This is what we do it for, hopefully she is my first graded stakes winner but hopefully she isn't my last either. I just hope that she's a stepping stone to more to come. It's all about stepping stones and showing up every day.”

Needs Supervision has walked through the stepping stones and has shown up each day when asked. Next Saturday, O'Dwyer will see what she's really made of.

Other notable works on Friday morning include Charles Fipke's Grade I winner Seeking the Soul who breezed a half-mile in 50.40 for trainer Dallas Stewart. The 6-year-old son of Perfect Soul (Ire.) recorded his first work since a runner-up effort in the Grade I Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park and will target the Group 1 $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 30 at Meydan Racecourse. Also moving a half-mile for Stewart are two possible entrants for the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes. Both Chase the Ghost and Frolic More completed their works in 48.20. Allied Racing's Mr. Money drilled through five furlongs in 1:00.20 for trainer Bret Calhoun. The 3-year-old son of Goldencents is targeting the Risen Star Stakes and has not raced since finishing fourth in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs in November.

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