Homebred Saracosa breaks through for stakes win
Homebred Saracosa, a Bernardini daughter of Homeschooling, dug deep for a deserved stakes win in the Bob Fortus Memorial Stakes at Fair Grounds on Thursday.
Racing in the colours of Chad Schumer, Saracosa got up in time to deny G1 Ashland Stakes winner Out For A Spin by three quarters of a length in the race, which is named for the longtime local writer and Fair Grounds reporter Bob Fortus who passed away last year.
Now the earner of close to $170,000, Saracosa has only been off the board twice in 13 starts for trainer Brendan Walsh.
“We were always excited about bringing her here,” Walsh’s assistant trainer Paul Madden told Fair Grounds reporters.
“We thought the long stretch here would really suit her. She was a longshot but I was confident in her. I just told Shaun [Bridgmohan] to give her something to run at and she ran her race so we’re very excited.”
Bred under the banner of Meritage Ventures, Inc., Saracosa is out of Homeschooling, purchased by Chad Schumer for $105,000 at the 2014 Keeneland November Sale.
Saracosa is the first foal out of the mare, whose second Self Taught has won twice this season as a two-year-old for $77,000 in earnings.
Homeschooling (pictured left) also has a yearling filly by Shackleford named Schooled.
Homeschooling is a half-sister to stakes winner Dream Kirari and out of a half-sister to champions Bosra Sham and Hector Protector.
Further back, it is the family of Group/Grade 1 winners Act One, Ultra and Red Giant.