Second Success

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Nick and Tris de Meric made it to upstate New York in time to pull double duty – scouting potential racing or pinhooking prospects and then see a filly they picked out as a weanling, raised, prepped and sent off to Grade 1 success do it again after a surgery rehab and more training this winter and spring.

Separationofpowers achieved Grade 1 success a second time Saturday, winning the $500,000 Test Stakes with the de Merics on hand with owner Seth Klarman and trainer Chad Brown. The 3-year-old daughter of Candy Ride outslugged Mia Mischief through the stretch to win the Test, adding the historic 7-furlong stakes for sophomore fillies to her win last year in the Grade 1 Frizette. 

Ridden by Jose Ortiz, Separationofpowers won in 1:22.78 about a half-hour before the thunderstorm rolled in that delayed the co-featured Whitney by 44 minutes. 

“It’s great for that to happen once in a while,” Nick de Meric said after posing for the winner’s photo with the filly and her connections. “We’re thrilled.”

Nick de Meric, a longtime Ocala-based horseman who operates de Meric Thoroughbred Sales with his family, picked out Separationofpowers and bought her for $190,000 on behalf of Klarman at the 2015 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The bay filly grew up on the de Meric’s farm and training center in Marion County before being broken and trained in the fall of her yearling season. 

“We just thought this filly should win the Test when the time comes,” de Meric joked as he made his way through the clubhouse. “She’s just an athletic looking filly, just had that perfect balance and that perfect look. You never know they’re going to be that good.”

De Meric sent Separationofpowers to Saratoga to join Brown’s string on the Oklahoma Training Track in the spring of 2017 and soon became a top Breeders’ Cup contender thanks to an 11 3/4-length maiden victory, a third in the Grade 1 Spinaway and victory in the Grade 1 Frizette. 

To read the rest of the Test recap, download Sunday’s digital edition of The Saratoga Special presented by EasyFix Stable Solutions.