FINAL ADVANCE Jan 27, 2020 10:49:41 GMT -5
Post by Lex on Jan 27, 2020 10:49:41 GMT -5
FINAL ADVANCE | JUVENILE WORKOUT FOR ADVANCETOGOA mixture of the some of the best, both new and old - the promising filly Advancetogo boasted bloodlines that were nothing to ignore. Sired by Winchester Racing’s up and coming freshman sire, Fifty In Front, Addie would be only the third of his foals to hit the ground. His first two Fight Or Flight and Fifty Dreams were already graded stakes champions, with multiple wins under the belt. Fifty Dreams had been one of the top juvenile colts of 2019, reach grade three as a two year old winning multiple graded stakes races as well as placing third in the 2019 Breeder’s Cup Juvenile. Fifty In Front was easily one of Winchester Racing’s most promising stallion prospects and Addie was the stable’s first homebred sired by him. His lines were fresh and complimented Addie’s dam, Mystical Melody, perfectly. Mystical Melody, a blue blooded grade one mare sired by Seattle Song and out of Breeding Hall of Fame inductee, On To Dancing, has already proven herself in the breeding shed as well as on the racetrack. Not only is Mystical Melody a Breeder’s Cup champion and a Kentucky Oaks winner herself, but she has also foaled Breeder’s Cup champion, Kallisto and grade one racehorse, Roussong. Addie’s breeding was a last minute decision in a lot of aspects but in retrospect was one of the best decisions that had been made. To say hopes were high for Advancetogo would be an understatement.
One thing was for sure about this young flashy filly - Addie was truly a stand out among Winchester Racing’s other prospects, training with flying colors. She was lengths ahead of the other juvenile prospects and showed more than enough promise on the track in her morning workouts. Today would mark her final workout before her debut start. Addie was more than ready for the races, already taking it all in like an old pro. She had mastered the gate, settling on the backstretch, and switching gears on the homestretch. Alexandria rode the attractive bay filly onto the untouched, freshly drug main track. It was evident that they were one of the first to grace the track this morning - perfect, Lexi thought to herself. There was nothing better than getting to the track early enough to have it to themselves. As soon as Addie's hooves hit the dirt, the bay filly immediately perked up. While she was a quite a bit shorter than most of the other thoroughbreds, she puffed herself up and seemed to grow with the excitement of working. As soon as Lexi stood in the stirrups and loosened the reins, Addie took off at a graceful gallop across the track, each stride coming with utter ease. She was definitely a sight to behold out on the racetrack - here, she was simply in her element.
Today they would be completing a short breeze to prep her for her first start, just enough to keep her on her toes, but not enough to wear her out.. not that she could tire easily. Addie was the type of horse that could go out, make a huge effort, only to return to the barns just as fiery and raring to go as she was previous to the work or race. Tiring her out had proven to be no easy feat. Nearing the half mile pole, Alexandria crouched closer to the fillies back, and let out the rein just an inch more. Addie knew this was her cue - she jumped forward into a stronger, faster gallop, pulling into the bit just enough to stretch fully, but not enough to challenge the hold Lexi had on her. Addie had definitely taken a liking to Lexi - she was a finicky ride for most being a typical moody and sassy mare but Lexi was especially skilled when it came to working with mares - they actually were her favorite. Trying to figure out a mare was like trying to win a chess match, you had to be smart, collected, and always ready to sacrifice a piece and Lexi loved it. They simply had more dimension than geldings and were easily way smarter than most colts.
They began to round the final turn and Lexi could feel her fillies' heart rate increase, breathing becoming quicker and lungs expelling more and more, eager to run. Lexi could feel as Addie ever so slightly pull harder against the bit. She wanted to run and Lexi wasn’t about to try to stop her. Letting out yet another notch in the reins, she allowed her filly just a little more head room. For every minuscule amount of slack in the reins given, Addie’s stride lengthened further and further. She looked as if she was floating, her hooves only gracing the ground for a split second before returning to the air as if she were about to take flight. Addie had one of the quickest turn of foot that Lexi had ever had the opportunity to ride. She could feel her grey eyes beginning to water, as the cold wind bit at her cheeks and the fillies pitch black mane whipped wildly before her.
Leveling out onto the stretch, it was here the filly made her final advance for the wire. If any onlookers had thought she was flying before they would be utterly awestruck by her shear speed now. Just like that, a switch seemed to flip and she switched leads effortlessly, charging forward in a tremendous surge of jaw dropping speed. At this point, hooves barely looked as if they touched the ground before returning to slice through the air. Her tail whipped behind her like a sail, her ears perked forward with a wild fiery eagerness in her hazel eyes. Addie lived to run. Lexi hadn't even had to ask her filly to make a move, sitting like a statue upon her back. It really felt like they were flying. Passing the wire like a blur, Lexi struggled to pull the young filly up. She wanted to keep going - she obviously had more than enough energy to run around the track a second time. After a bit of a fight, she finally began to settle, allowing Lexi to reign her in. They began to head back towards the barn, Addie still prancing on her toes, head tossing in hopes of getting another chance to run. She was more than ready for her first start, Lexi smiled to herself with excitement.