DEADLY DUO Jan 27, 2020 11:34:16 GMT -5
Post by Lex on Jan 27, 2020 11:34:16 GMT -5
DEADLY DUO | JUVENILE WORKOUT FOR DIVINITY & DEATH BY CHOCOLATE
Divinity was a filly bred for sprinting, through and through. Sired by 2016 Sprinter of the Year, Alucard, and out of Breeder's Cup Filly and Mare Sprint champion, Allouette Divine, Vinni had big shoes to fill. Not only were her sire and dam champions on the track, but they had already proven themselves in the breeding shed. Alucard's first foals to hit the track were two of the top juvenile colts of 2019 - Carnal Nature and Devilishly Charming. Carnal Nature had won seven graded stakes races as a juvenile as well as placing second in the Breeder's Cup Juvenile Sprint. Devilishly Charming had won five graded stakes racing, placing second in the Breeder's Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. All in all, Alucard's foals so far were dominating the sprint races. Alloutte Divine had already foaled grade four, Ambrose Light, and multiple graded stakes winner Redoubtable. Taking third in the Breeder's Cup Juvenile Sprint behind Alucard's Carnal Nature, this pairing were definitely bound to be the makings of something special - enter, Divinity. Hopes so far were running high for Divinity due to her outstanding sprinter pedigree.
Her stablemate was a different story. Coming from relatively unknown bloodlines, Death By Chocolate had a lot to prove. Only the second foal sired by Wreckless, Coco would be one of his first to have an opportunity to race and show what they could do. Wreckless is a stallion from unknown bloodlines, who never made it to the track, and was never given the proper opportunity to show what he could do. On the other hand, Shot of Mocha, had already proven herself on the track as a graded stakes winner and in the breeding shed as a mother of multiple graded stakes winners. She had already foaled the likes of Mochachina and Chocolatier, who were already proving that they were a force to be reckoned with on raceday. Therefore these two were definitely an interesting match that resulted in the bittersweet bay before us - Death By Chocolate. She had definitely been showing a special talent in her morning workouts. The question was - would this talent transfer on race day?
The two fillies were nearly identical in appearance, same height, same bay coat, and same fiery spirit. The only difference was in their behavior - Death By Chocolate's name was more than fitting. While lovable and sweet, she can also be a complete nightmare when it came to anything that involved standing still for longer than fifteen seconds. That sweet little attitude of hers can quickly turn deadly in a blink of an eye. Divinity on the other hand, was always sweet. She seemed to take after her dam in this regard, as she completely lacked the cold, heartless demeanor of her sire. In some regards, she was almost too sweet. She had this natural motherly instinct that caused her to get attached to other horses very quickly. She hated being a lone and would get buddy sour very quickly. Therefore, she was hardly ever worked with other horses. The two of them danced on the track, both hot on their toes. One thing was for sure - these two both had some sort of ADHD.
Both fillies were surprisingly obedient to their jockey's aids. While they pranced and jumped about, they were completely in control, never fighting their jockeys. Alexandria rode Coco while Sean sat upon Vinni, fiddling with the reins to keep her attentive and supple as they made their way onto the main track. Lexi had a special love for the underdogs and therefore she really loved Coco. She came from an mostly unknown background and had been a last minute buy at the September Sale last year. Sean had been completely against buying her due to the fact that they were already stocked up on dirt router juveniles for 2020, but Lexi didn't care. She saw something in this young filly and she believed she would prove to be something, whether on the track or in the breeding shed, years down the road. She had a graceful way of moving about her, long strided and airy, and not to mention, impeccable conformation. While they were about the same height, Vinni was much more compact - a true sprinter. She had been one of their first yearlings to purchase last year and Lexi was also very excited to see what she do on the track. She was especially excited due to watching all of her siblings do so well in the Breeder's Cup sprint races in December.
The two of them made their way at a strong gallop, Vinni jolting forward as soon as Sean asked. She lead the workout while Lexi and Coco followed, close on their heels - but not too close. One thing Coco was adamant on was the fact that liked her space. She hated to be crowded. The dark chocolate filly would run anywhere on the racetrack, the front, the rear, etc. as long as she had room to breathe. Quickly shutting down the moment she gets boxed in, that had been their hardest trait to overcome with Coco. The good thing was that she was extremely obedient to her jockey's aids and would listen to ever command. Therefore, Lexi would be able to place her in a position where she would have plenty of space. One thing about Coco was her outlandish stamina - she could go five wide on each turn and still somehow be perfectly energized, ready to give a final kick. If racing didn't work out for her, Coco would make a hell of an eventer one day. Vinni, on the other hand was a bit more predictable. Always breaking first and shooting straight for the leaders, Vinni would settle right beside them. She was also extremely obedient and would run wherever her jockey asked her to.
Heading into the final turn, both fillies began to pick up the pace. Vinni's short strides came quicker and quicker to the point where she looked as if she glided, stuck to the rail like glue, while Coco made her way around the turn a couple lengths off the rail with longer, more ground eating strides. The two of them showed their true colors when they hit the final stretch. The deadly duo switched leads in unison and Vinni spurted forward like a rocket, ears flicking back at her stablemate and then forward towards the wire, obviously loving every second of this. Coco charged forward, responding with a burst as soon as Lexi waved the whip at her side. Both of their closing kicks were deadly and the two of them flashed past the wire, neck and neck in a blur. Standing in their stirrups, Lexi and Sean rode their fillies back to the barns. Vinni let out a small, excited squeal as her stablemate, tossing her head and prancing off the track and Sean gave her an approving pat. They were ready for their debuts.