Racing & Wagering

Barn Notes: Friday, September 21, 2018

| Churchill Downs Communications | 09/21/2018 #
  • Student Body (Coady Photography)

  • Student Body Could Target Grade II Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes
  • Williamson Scores Hat Trick on Thursday Afternoon


Following an emphatic 9¾-length victory in the Thursday opener at Arlington International Racecourse, Gary Broad’s Student Body is possible for the Grade II $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland Race Course on October 7 – a “Win and You’re In” event for the Grade I $1,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on November 3 at Churchill Downs.  

The 4-year-old daughter of Colonel John went gate-to-wire in the 6½-furlong second level allowance event, which was her first start in nearly a whole calendar year. Student Body had not run since finishing fifth in the Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs last September.

“It’s a possibility depending on how soon the races come up,” Davis said of a run at Keeneland. “If not, she’ll be geared toward the stakes at Fair Grounds (Race Course & Slots). We’ll see how she comes out. After an effort like that, we’re not afraid to give her some time off. There’s no rush to run her back just because the race is there.

“Gary is very good about giving horses some time in between races if they need it. We waited a year to get her back to the races and she hasn’t disappointed. She’s three-for-six lifetime so why not just take care of her?”

Student Body’s other triumphs took place in her Churchill Downs career debut on June 3 of last year and two starts later when she defeated winners at Ellis Park, giving Davis his first victories at the Kentucky ovals.

“We weren’t crazy about the six-and-a-half (furlong distance Thursday) but she won first time out going seven-eighths (of a mile) so it didn’t really scare us,” Davis said. “This is typically a speed favoring racetrack the first couple of races. (Trainer Scott) Becker’s horse (Pocket of Candy, third) obviously likes the Poly having won allowance races over it, but she was a three-year-old against older. We expected a big effort (from Student Body) but that was really impressive.”

Student Body was purchased by Broad for $19,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in 2015, where she was consigned by Gainesway Farm. She is out of the Stormy Atlantic broodmare Stormy Antics. She comes from the same family as 2005 Eclipse Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Folklore.


While jockey Sophie Doyle enjoyed a successful day with her four-bagger on Thursday afternoon at Arlington International Racecourse, trainer Brian Williamson had a victorious day himself having secured a trio of wins on the card.

Williamson won with Big Al (Race 3, $7.20), Romeo O Romeo (Race 6, $10.20) and Applique (Race 8, $8.60).

“I thought I had a good shot to win a couple today and it was a good day,” Williamson said. “It was just a lot of things set up well and I thought that I was live.”

Romeo O Romeo scored his first victory since his career debut, which took place back on August 21, 2016. As a juvenile he was runner-up in the Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity and was twice a third-place finisher against stakes company.

“(Romeo O Romeo) broke bad and I thought that was it,” Williamson said. “He just kept coming and swallowed them up and (Sophie Doyle) certainly got that one rolling. It’s nice to see him get back on track. It’s been a while. He ran second (in the Arlington-Washington Futurity) and he ran third in the Woodbine stake and hit the board at Presque Isle. It’s good to see him get back on track.”

Two of Williamson’s victories took place with Doyle in the irons.

“Sophie is riding so well right now,” said trainer Brian Williamson. “She has great hands and a good sense of pace. It’s always nice to see that.”

He and Doyle will team up once more on Closing Day, Saturday, September 22 with Good Wishes (Race 6, 12-1).


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