Assateague seized the initiative at the start and never came under serious
With Joel Rosario up, the Michael Matz-trained mare led by a length after an
The battle was for second as Assateague cruised to the wire unopposed,
Game Fair, a 39-1 outsider, rallied late to edge 5-2 third choice Alaura
Bred in Kentucky by owners Helen C. Alexander, Dorothy Matz and Helen K.
Groves, Assateague has now earned $398,059 from a 18-5-2-2 ledger.
The five-year-old mare recorded her first stakes placing with a third in the
2012 Pebbles at Belmont Park. Assateague garnered her initial stakes tally in the
De La Rose at Saratoga last year and also placed in the Finney at Belmont in
She opened 2014 with a sixth in the Grade 3 Beaugay at Belmont May 3 and then
finished a close fourth in the June 8 Intercontinental over the same course
prior to the Penny Memorial.
By Stormy Atlantic, Assateague hails from a classy female family. The
Kentucky-bred is out of the stakes-winning Dixieland Band mare Amelia and counts
Grade 3 winner Kindergarden Kid as a half-brother.
Her second maternal dam, Grade 2 queen Aquilegia, produced three stakes
winners as well as the dam of Bayern, a smashing 7 1/2-length winner of the
Grade 2 Woody Stephens on the Belmont Stakes undercard. Bayern is expected to
make his next start in the $1 million Haskell Invitational on July 27. Aquilegia
is out of 1983 Broodmare of the Year Courtly Dee.