Shane’s Girlfriend Romps to 13 Length Victory in Delta downs Princess
Shane’s Girlfriend made horse racing fans’ ears perk up Saturday, winning the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess by 13 1/4 lengths. Sitting behind pace setter Flatter Up through fractions of :23.06, :47.16, and 1:11.71, Shane’s Girlfriend moved wide entering the second turn and gained command quickly as she hit her stride in the stretch and drew clear in a final time of 1:37.98 over one mile, a new stakes record.
Shane’s Girlfriend went off at 7/2 and won her second straight race to pay $8.80, $5.20 and $4.40. Cajun Delta Dawn was second best at $8.00 and $5.20 while Flatter Up, at 19-1 held on for third ($9).
Trained by Doug O’Neill, the Florida-bred filly Shane’s Girlfriend is named after O’Neil’s son and has now earned $271,200 in two starts after winning her maiden at Santa Anita last month.
“She’s a filly that’s acted like two turns won’t be a problem,” O’Neill said. “You never know until you try it.”
Shane’s Girlfriend was a $95,000 purchase during a 2-year-olds in training auction put on by the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company. She won her debut by more than five lengths, while covering six furlongs in a sharp 1:10.40.
“She had worked like a really good filly all along,” Dennis O’Neill said after the Princess. “She’s nice and she’ll keep going. She’s just really, really classy.”
Erik Johnson of ERJ Racing watched the Princess on his phone in a hotel room as the all-star defenseman for the National Hockey League’s Colorado Avalanche had a game in Minnesota on Saturday. The filly gave him his first graded stakes win. He said he has been an owner for three years.
“This past year was my biggest buying 2-year-olds,” he said. “I bought one to two the first two years. This year I bought 10. Dennis picks out my 2-year-olds. He has a great eye for value horses. Thanks to him and W.C. Racing for letting me partner.”
The victory in the Delta Downs Princess gave Shane’s Girlfriend 10 qualifying points towards next year’s Kentucky Oaks.