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Colonia Wins American Debut in Hatoof Stakes
Madaket Stables LLC, Michael Dubb, Maurice Lagasse and Haras d'Etreham’s Colonia (FR) made her United States debut a winning one for trainer Graham Motion in the 14th running of the $100,000 Hatoof Stakes at Arlington International Racecourse, a 1 1/16-miles turf event for 3-year-old fillies.
Under the guidance of jockey Joe Bravo, the daughter of Champs Elysees (GB) sat at the back of the pack while Magic Cap Stables’ Cool Beans led through opening fractions of 23.72, 47.61 and 1:12.16 under Florent Geroux. The Brad Cox trainee entered the top of the stretch in 1:36.46 with something left in the tank, but was still unable to hold off a devastating turn of foot from Colonia who flew home to stop the clock in a final time of 1:42.23 over a firm course, a new stakes record for the Hatoof at this distance.
“Graham called me this morning and he was really excited about this filly,” said Bravo. “It was her first race in America, and wow. The turf course was a little fast this afternoon and she took over turning for home.”
Cool Beans finished 1¾ lengths back in second with Three Diamonds Farm’s Go Noni Go another 1¼ lengths behind to complete the trifecta for trainer Mike Maker under Jose Valdivia, Jr.
“She ran her race but just got beat by a nice filly,” Geroux said of the runner-up.
“No excuses, we were third best,” said Valdivia.
Colonia is out of the Muhtathir mare Clara Luna (IRE), who is a half-sibling to multiple group winner Don Bosco.
Winning for only the second time in six career starts, Colonia earned $57,000 from her victory to bring her lifetime earnings to $83,014. Colonia rewarded her backers with $10.20, $6.60 and $4, while Cool Beans delivered $4 and $3. Go Noni Go paid $3.
Bridaled Temper, Madame Milan, Bet She Wins, Beach Waltz, Drinks On Me, Cheeky Cherub and Rahway completed the order of running. Hayworth and Mountain Momma were scratched.