Jennifer Lynnette and Kasuga run one-two in the G3 Royal North Stakes
Jennifer Lynnette and jockey Patrick Husbands took dead aim on Kasuga and ran down her rival to win the G3 Royal North Stakes at Woodbine in determined style. Jennifer Lynnette had a head to spare over the game Kasuga at the wire while it was nearly five lengths back to the third Nobody’s Fault; remarkably the dams of both the first and second were bought by Chad Schumer as agent.
Lynnette, dam of Jennifer Lynnette, was bought on behalf of breeders Jay and Christine Hayden for $210,000 at the 2012 Keeneland November Sale.
Kasuga’s dam Glaslyn, meanwhile, was purchased for just $15,000 in 2015.
Jennifer Lynnette is the first foal out of Lynnette, a winning Johannesburg half-sister to G2 winner Cat Fighter and Irish G3 winner Ishiguru. Her own dam, Strategic Maneuver, won the G1 Spinaway Stakes.
Jennifer Lynnette flashed talent from the outset for trainer Mark Casse. The daughter of Elusive Quality earned ‘TDN Rising Star’ status with a devastating winning debut at Woodbine, after which she ran placed in the Star Shoot, Glorious Song, Fury and G3 Hendrie Stakes. Only out of the first three once in 11 starts, Saturday’s win brought her earnings to $262,213.
Lynnette is also dam of a two-year-old Orb colt named Scrapper, who ran second on his debut at Gulfstream Park for Todd Pletcher. Pletcher paid $600,000 for the colt on behalf of Sumaya U.S. Stable at the OBS March 2yos in Training Sale.
Kasuga has been similarly consistent for her connections. Trained by Martin Drexler, she has won five races for $208,872 in earnings and was previously placed in the River Memories Stakes.
The daughter of Temple City is the third foal out of Glaslyn, a daughter of Forestry who was purchased by Chad Schumer for just $15,000 while carrying a full brother to Kasuga at the 2015 Keeneland November Sale. Not only that, the mare’s fifth foal, the Victor’s Cry filly Raglan Road, subsequently developed into a smart two-year-old who enhanced the page with placings in the Nandi, My Dear Lady and Muskoka Stakes.
Also on Saturday, Cult Classic, out of $35,000 purchase Dove Cry, ran third in the Added Elegance Handicap at Gulfstream Park while Girls Rule, out of $4,500 purchase Duet, broke through the $100,000 barrier in earnings when successful at Lone Star Park.