Great Minds and Strawberry Baby pull off Saturday stakes double
Further success was forthcoming for both Great Minds and Strawberry Baby on Saturday as the pair secured stakes victories within hours of each other.
The pair are out of Staff Nurse and Kendall Hill respectively, who were purchased for a total of just $17,000 by Chad Schumer, as agent.
Saturday’s Borgata Stakes at Delta Downs was a deserved first stakes success for Great Minds, who has been a consistently progressive performer for trainer Al Stall. Fresh off a Delta Downs allowance victory, he tracked the pace early in the mile event before drawing off for a length score. In the process, the son of Stroll boosted his overall record to four victories for approximately $170,000 in earnings.
Great Minds is out of Staff Nurse, a winning daughter of Arch who was bought for just $15,000 by Chad Schumer while in foal to Trappe Shot at the 2015 Keeneland November Sale.
Great Minds is the best of five winners out his dam, who is a three-parts sister to Listed winner Intern and from the immediate family of Commissioner.
Strawberry Baby, meanwhile, recorded her second stakes victory when running out the comfortable winner of the Big Easy Stakes at the Fair Grounds. Now the winner of five of nine starts and approximately $135,000, Strawberry Baby is out of Kendall Hill, who was purchased for just $2,000 out of the Liberation Farm dispersal at the 2012 Keeneland November Sale.
Kendall Hill, a Theatrical daughter of G2 winner Blue Jean Baby, is also the dam of another classy filly in Adriani, who also gained black-type following the sale of her dam.
Also on Saturday, Harmonic made a pleasing return off a long layoff for Brendan Walsh when third in a competitive allowance race at Gulfstream Park. The G3-placed son of Congrats, who was knocked down to Chad Schumer for $70,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Summer Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale in Kentucky, made good late headway under Fergal Lynch to take third behind Conquest Typhoon.