My Wandy's Girl a candidate for Gazelle
Puerto Rican import My Wandy's Girl, who won Thursday's Pentelis overnight stakes at Aqueduct in her mainland debut to extend her winning streak to nine, could make a nine-day turnaround to compete in the Grade 1 Gazelle on November 24, trainer Mike Hushion said on Friday.
A four-time stakes winner in Puerto Rico, My Wandy's Girl was sent to Hushion's barn in New York following her 12 1/4-length victory in the 1 1/8-mile Roberto Clemente on August 26 at Camarero, near San Juan. Prior to the 6 1/2-furlong Pentelis, she had made four straight starts at 1 1/16 miles or longer.
In Thursday's race, My Wandy's Girl was away last of six, waited behind traffic, and surged past Mildly Offensive at the sixteenth pole en route to a one-length win under Ramon Dominguez.
"The last week she really got to looking good and she was training well," said Hushion, who trains the three-year-old daughter of Flower Alley for Guillermo Berrios. "I liked the (Pentelis), and I'm going to look into running back in the Gazelle. I want to go back to a mile and an eighth. I had the Gazelle in mind. I told Dominguez in the paddock, "Save as much as you can,' and he hit her only three times. We'll see. She looks good this morning, so it could be a good place to go."
Should My Wandy's Girl compete in the Gazelle, she likely will face Charles Town Oaks and Imperial Gesture heroine Book Review; Dance Card, an easy winner of the Belle Cherie; Grade 3-placed Jemima's Pearl; two-time winner Open Water; Sea Island, second by a nose in the Banner Gala; and Wildcat's Smile, runner-up in the Raging Fever.
Hushion confirmed that Mine Over Matter will make his graded stakes debut in the Grade 3 Fall Highweight Handicap at six furlongs on Thanksgiving Day. The Chester and Mary Broman homebred was last seen coming from off the pace to take the Hudson for New York-breds by one length on October 20 at Belmont Park.
"He should get a good set up (in the Fall Highweight)," Hushion said. "I'd like to win a graded stake with him, Mr. Broman would like to win a graded stake with him. It takes two speed horses."
Also expected for the Fall Highweight are Caixa Eletronica, Frazil, Golddigger's Boy, Leave of Absence, Mine Over Mater, and This Ones for Phil. Il Villano and Small Town Talk are possible.
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