Marylou Whitney beamed in a buttercup yellow dress and matching hat, hugging the rail alongside husband John Hendrickson as they watched their homebred filly Quick Quick Quick win the fifth Sunday at Saratoga Race Course.
Ian Wilkes met the couple for the winning photograph, as the crowd applauded with shouts of “Queen Marylou” echoing from the mass.
“Her name is good – Quick Quick Quick,” Whitney said. “That’s what she was. She ran absolutely perfect. It was just the way I wanted her to do it.”
The daughter of Tiago and Cape Town mare Quick Town finished second in her debut in a maiden special weight at Saratoga Aug. 6. The first-time starter lunged at the gate and brushed the side of the stall, narrowing the 9 1/4-length margin in the early stages to just 1 1/4 lengths at the finish.
“It was a very good first start,” said Wilkes. “She walked out of the gate but today she was a little more professional and left the gate quickly. She traveled nice and she’s really improved from race one to race two.”
With Julien Leparoux aboard for the second time Sunday, the filly broke sharply to the middle of the pack, boldly shook off her competitors and took the lead in the stretch, pulling away to win the 6-furlong maiden by a three-quarters-of-a-length.
“She’s a cocky personality for a filly. That’s her mentality,” said Wilkes. “Oaks winner. I can’t tell John any different.”
The 2-year-old’s connections ambitiously look forward to her future, but plan on slowly progressing to that goal.
“She’ll stretch out further,” said Wilkes. “It’s part of the development, we don’t want to get in a hurry so we’ll just take this progression one race at a time. We’re going to enjoy this one first.”
– Shayna Tiller
• Bill Mott stood atop the clubhouse stairs, watching a colt he bred walk into the winner’s circle following his victory in the second. Instead of the Hall of Famer greeting him in the winner’s circle, however, Naipaul Chatterpaul waited at the edge of the main track.
The somewhat complicated story of Bootlegger, winner of the $75,000 maiden-claimer on the grass, starts well before his race Sunday. Christophe Clement purchased Bootlegger’s dam, the Anabaa mare Trading in foal to Mr. Sidney for $47,826 at the 2012 Arqana December breeding stock sale. Mott, who trained Mr. Sidney to multiple graded stakes victories, was contacted by Clement shortly after the sale.
“Christophe bought the mare for me,” said Mott. “There was a nice mare over there that he thought I should own so I bought it. I still have the mare so that was good.”
Trading produced a colt named Dividend in March 2013 and after being bred back to Mr. Sidney that season produced Bootlegger the following February. She produced a colt by Motivator named Stock Trade, a 2-year-old bred by Mott currently in training at Churchill Downs.
But back to Bootlegger.
“Nice horse, nothing to say bad about him,” Chatterpaul said of his trainee. “He was bred in France, should’ve had a lot of schooling over there and came over to run. I watched his first race when he ran at Gulfstream for $30,000 and I figured I’d keep an eye on him from there.”
Chatterpaul claimed Bootlegger from his owner, breeder and trainer for $40,000 in his second start last April at Aqueduct.
“I kind of liked the idea that Bill Mott bred the horse, and he actually raced the sire of that horse,” said Chatterpaul. “When I was doing my research, all of that kind of got me interested. Good-looking horse, I took my chance and it turned out to be a really good horse.”
The colt debuted for his new connections with an 11th-place finish in a maiden special weight at Belmont Park May 12, followed by a second in a maiden claiming six days later.
With Luis Reyes aboard for Sunday’s 1 1/16-mile maiden claiming on the Mellon Turf Course, the colt chased just behind the pace nearly the entire race, picking up near the 6-furlong marker and running down Wage Acceleration’s 1 1/2-length lead to win by a nose.
“It was awesome, good feeling, nice horse, couldn’t have anything better,” said Chatterpaul. “He had a great trip, I knew he was going to go out on the lead but I told (Reyes) if he wanted him to stay back a little bit, he can rate, you can do whatever you want with him and he’ll run a great race with you.”
“I was just screaming for the wire, I thought the wire was like a sixteenth before but he got it, he got it.”
Chatterpaul maintains a stable of eight horses at Saratoga. The native of Guyana came to the U.S. nearly 30 years ago and is a fourth generation horsemen.
“My dad rode, I rode, my grandfather rode for the Queen of England,” said Chatterpaul. “Everybody wants a better life so coming to America was great. I surely appreciate it and thank God for this win.”
– Shayna Tiller