The sun appeared and brightened the day, and so too did the girls by Northview sires, as MISS BEHAVIOUR and OUR EPIPHANY led the way in their respective stakes to score on Black-Eyed Susan Day!
Stepping up first was MISS BEHAVIOUR. The filly from the first Pennsylvania-sired crop by JUMP START was seeking her first win of the year after a spectacular juvenile campaign as graded stakes winner and Pennsylvania-bred champion.
Cal MacWilliam and Neil Teitelbaum’s homebred filly ran a solid third in the Stormy Blues S. in her sophomore debut in April. On one of the biggest stages of the year she ran fantastic in the $100,000 Miss Preakness S. Taking command from the start, the pretty bay blistered through fractions of :22.74 and :46.03 and still had plenty left to hold off eight other fillies. She cruised home by nearly two lengths in 1:10.85 for six furlongs over a drying out track rated good after torrential rains in the morning. Trained by Phil Schoenthal, MISS BEHAVIOUR now has a record of four wins from seven starts, plus a second and a third, for earnings of $312,000.
The $100,000 Hilltop S., the final race on the card, belonged to GREAT NOTION’s daughter OUR EPIPHANY. With the race being moved from the turf to the main track, the gray Pennsylvania-bred filly took on two rivals in the scratched-down field. Smartly-ridden by Grant Whitacre, the PTK LLC homebred was put immediately on the lead in the mile and a sixteenth stakes, dictated the pace and was never seriously challenged in the stretch as she won by a length and a half.
Unraced at 2, OUR EPIPHANY was making her stakes debut in her fourth career start. Trained by Dane Kobiskie, she has never finished worse than third and was a winner first-time out in March. OUR EPIPHANY is the first runner for the winning NOT FOR LOVE mare Racing Bridgett, who is out of the stakes-placed WAQUOIT mare Solitary Saga. Three generations of Northview-sired winners!
Sandwiched between the filly stakes was the Gr. 3 Pimlico Special, in which JUMP START’s millionaire son PRAYER FOR RELIEF just missed at odds of more than 10-1 after taking the lead in deep stretch. It was his second on-the-board finish in a stakes this year and the 17th overall during a career in which he’s won six stakes, four graded, and has earned $1,682,413 for owner Zayat Stables LLC.