The Fair Grounds' Shantel Lanerie Memorial Overnight Stakes winner Winter Sunset looked “fabulous” following her triumphant stakes debut according to trainer Wayne Catalano, who stated that the Grade I $750,000 Belmont Oaks Invitational on July 6 will be a main target for later this year.
“I talked to (Owners) Mr. Bob (Cummings of Coffeepot Stables) and Ms. Annette (Bacola of Coffeepot Stables) and Mr. John (Phillips of Darby Dan Farm) and the main race is the Belmont Oaks,” Catalano said. “That's our goal and we're just going to work back from there.”
Some short term goals for the 3-year-old daughter of Tapit according to Catalano, are races such as the Grade III $200,000 Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs on March 9 and the $100,000 Memories of Silver Stakes at Aqueduct on April 19 – a race named in honor of her two-time Grade I winning grand dam.
Bred in Kentucky by co-owners Phillips Racing Partnership, Winter Sunset is out of the two-time Grade I winning broodmare Winter Memories. She is undefeated in both of her career starts which took place over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course. Prior to a 1½ length win over graded stakes winner Elsa in the Shantel Lanerie, she was a gate-to-wire 4¼ length winner in her November 19 career debut. She was guided by Channing Hill in both efforts.
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