TURF QUEENS Jan 22, 2020 16:35:47 GMT -5
Post by Lex on Jan 22, 2020 16:35:47 GMT -5
TURF QUEENS | JUVENILE WORKOUT FOR CADENZA'S KISS, ACRIMONY, & ARTEMISThey all felt they were queens in their own right… well they were right about one thing. They were queens - drama queens. Each and every single one of the Winchester Racing juvenile turf fillies believed that they were the next best thing. Were they wrong? Well they sure would see on race day. One thing was for sure - they all were showing a tremendous amount of talent and had the pedigrees to show for it. Each and every one of them came from turf royalty.
For starters Cadenza’s Kiss, the arrogant golden bay filly who strode onto the track, was laced with royal turf blood - literally Sired by Royal Cadenza, a talented grade one turf racehorse who had already sired turf champions such as Phaedra, Arsenia, Royally Mine, and Rightful Heir. Her dam, Wild Kiss, had already foaled multiple graded stakes winners including Mr Wild, Zephyrus, and Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Turf champion Wild Annie. With so many champions in her family, Cadee had big shoes to fill - this bothered her none. With her head raised high above her booming chest, she moved with a purpose, eyes observant and daunting. In her mind, she was the best there was and no one was going to change that As soon as her hooves first graced the turf track, her legs began to prance in a light jig. Alexandria could literally feel the excitement radiating off of her mount through her chomping at the bit and the heavy rise and fall of her fillies’ sides as her nostrils flared in anticipation for the work to come.
Jumping forward onto the track was yet another bay filly, Acrimony. While not the flashiest looking, with not a single marking on her light bay frame, she was sure to make herself known due to her unpredictable antics. Every move with Auri was like walking on thin ice. You never quite knew what she was going to do next - that was the reason she was feared around the barn. Auri’s head tossed wildly and her hooves struck the air in excitement as the young filly struggled to contain her energy. Every waking moment for Auri was spent waiting for the opportunity to run. She was bred to run and she knew it. The first and only foal sired by talented grade one stallion, Samhain and out of the grade one mare On To The Spotlight, everyone was definitely looking forward to see what she would do on the track. Among her dam’s foals were already two Breeder’s Cup champions. So far, Auri was proving to be just like her siblings - She utterly loved to run.
The gorgeous dark bay who followed behind the less flashy filly was truly a sight to behold, with her rich dark chocolate coat and striking markings. Every step Artemis took showed off just how ripped this filly was. Her body was like that of a bull - large, powerful, and riddled with muscle. This was definitely expected considering she was sired by the tank of a stallion, Apollo Bear. Versatile and strong, Apollo Bear had been very talented on the turf winning multiple graded stakes races on the turf. Not to mention, his impressive lineage, sired by grade one Belmont Stakes winner Determination and out of Augusta, another grade one racehorse who had foaled numerous champions. The first foal foaled by grade two Just A Song, Artemis would be the first to prove whether or not her dam would produce champions. She had definitely been proving her talent in her morning workouts and was showing that she was the alpha mare. Artemis was arrogant, dominating and strong - all traits of a great racehorse.
The three traveled towards the rail in order to begin their workout, Sean, making sure to keep the wild Acrimony in check and distanced from the other fillies. She was an unpredictable one, but he was one of Winchester Racing’s most talented jockeys when it came to handling rambunctious young ones. They were a perfect match for each other and Auri had really taken a liking to him. As they neared the start point of their workout, Lexi crouched over her mount and let Cadee jump into a light gallop. Per usual, the arrogant golden bay filly’s head shot straight up towering over her booming chest in her usual arrogant manner. Artemis was ridden by Lyndsay, who believe it or not was just as hard headed as the filly. As soon as Cadee was allowed to begin running, Artemis fought to dart forward to the front of the fillies. She had proven to prefer to set the pace and she was good at it. Once both Artemis and Cadenza’s Kiss had kicked off, Sean finally let Acrimony out to run. She leapt forward eagerly. What will it be today, he thought to himself. Acrimony was always unpredictable - even in her racing style. Some days she wanted nothing more than to be in the lead and other days she was ready to lay back and pick her opponents off in the stretch. Today seemed like a closer kind of day and she seemed perfectly content bringing up the rear of her workmates.The fillies leveled out around the turn in their respective positions - Artemis taking the lead by a couple lengths, Cadenza’s Kiss contently floating right on her heels, and Acrimony right on her hip, waiting to make a move. Before the workout, Lexi had given instructions to have them all cross the finish in about the same time. Now to see if they would actually manage to make that a reality with all of these highly competitive fillies. As the track began to straighten out both Cadenza's Kiss and Acrimony had managed to move up alongside Artemis. Artemis' ears pinned flat against her skull in protest and she attempted to charge forward, nearly ripping free Lyndsay's hold on the reins. She hated challengers and would not give in easily to finishing the work side by side. Cadee's golden powerful, yet graceful strides came faster and faster, her ears perked forward in her usual airy attitude of arrogance. She moved to pass Artemis, only to be checked by Lexi's tight hold on the reins. Her ears flicked back quickly in a questioning manner but then returned forward, obediently. Acrimony on the other hand, was giving Sean a fight for his life. She wanted nothing more than to fly past her stablemates but Sean's tight grip on the reins restrained her from doing so. In an attempt to fight his hold, Auri switched leads and veered slightly towards the grandstand, her head cocked in a plea to allow her to run. Hold, he plead with his mount internally. There was only another furlong or so to the wire and just like that, Lexi and Lyndsay allowed their fillies an inch more rein. Each responded with a burst and Sean followed giving Acrimony her head. Auri dug forward deeply, and plowed towards the finish. All fillies flew across the wire with tremendous speed and determination, neither wanting to give an inch to the other."Not bad, I'm surprised we actually managed to keep them somewhat in line," Lexi gave an exasperated grin as they all began returning to the barn. Her mind was flooded with excitement of the year that was to come. Each and everyone of these fillies were turf queens and she was beyond ecstatic that she was the trainer who had the opportunity to work with them.