Many would assume that the Fillies branch of the Futurity was created so that the daintier gender didn’t have to compete against the boys. One needs only to look through our history book to prove this was not the case. In fact, Fillies dominated many years of the Kentucky Futurity before their own race was created including the 2nd Kentucky Futurity, which was won for Ed Ayres’ by the filly Beuzetta with Guss Macey at the reins.
A filly, Rose Croix won the 1896 edition as well for owner-driver Myron McHenry. Nelly Jay, a roan filly owned by George Woodlin of Boston won the 1902 edition of the Futurity in an astonishing FIVE heats and started a dominating streak of four straight Futurity victories for the supposedly weaker sex. Following her in order were the fillies Sadie Mac by Peter the Great in 1903, Grace Bond by The Bondsman in 1904 with a Futurity record of 2:00 ¼ and Miss Abdell by Abdell in 1905. Thus in the space of 13 years the famed Kentucky Futurity had been won eight times by fillies and this in a day when the race took anywhere from three to seven heats to decide.
The 2013 version of the Kentucky Filly Futurity was also action packed. Here's how it all went down:
Ma Chere Hall took the first heat of the $293,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity over an upgraded-good surface, trotting the mile in 1:52.4.
Mistery Woman and Classic Martine were stride for stride at the gate’s dispatch. Shared Past went on a gallop at the gate’s dispersal, as well. The two battled for command into the first turn and Classic Martine claimed the lead. Ma Chere Hall was parked in fourth and progressed her way to the lead passing the quarter. Mistery Woman was racing in third and Frau Blucher was fourth through a :28.1 opening quarter.
Frau Blucher made her pursuit after Ma Chere Hall before the half, pulling first over and taking command within a matter of strides just passing the half-mile pole, timed in :56.1 (:28). Frau Blucher was the new leader into the far turn, leaving Ma Chere Hall with the pocket trip and Classic Martine racing in third. Handover Belle was providing dead cover, first over from fifth, forcing To Dream On to move three wide before three-quarters. Ma Chere Hall began to edge out of the pocket after Frau Blucher at three-quarters, timed in 1:24 (:27.4).
Ma Chere Hall slingshot passed Frau Blucher into the stretch. Classic Martine edged off of the pylons and was quickly closing in on Ma Chere Hall. Mistery Woman was racing in third and Frau Blucher was giving chase in fourth. Ma Chere Hall fought off Classic Martine’s challenge and dug in to win the first heat of the Filly Futurity, in 1:52.4 (:28.4). Classic Martine was second, Mistery Woman finished third and Frau Blucher was fourth.
Ma Chere Hall ($12.80) is a three-year-old filly by Deweycheatumnhowe, out of the mare Margarita Hall by Conway Hall. She is owned by Walnut Hall Ltd., Aldebaran Park and Joe Sbrocco, trained by Jonas Czernyson and Corey Callahan guided the filly to victory.
“She’s been really good,” driver Corey Callahan said. “I was able to get to the lead and get some sensible fractions. Ronnie [Pierce on Frau Blucher] came at me hard and I turned him lose; I figured I’d save her [Ma Chere Hall] as much as I could for the second race. I popped her out there [in the stretch] and held off Timmy’s filly [Classic Martine]; Timmy has a really nice filly. Ma Chere digs in through the lane, so she’s impressed me every week.”
Listed below was the field for the second heat of the Kentucky Filly Futurity:
1-Ma Chere Hall-Corey Callahan-Jonas Czernyson
2-Classic Martine-Tim Tetrick-Chris Oakes
3-Mistery Woman-David Miller-Jonas Czernyson
*4-Frau Blucher-Ron Pierce-Chris Oakes
5-To Dream On-Jimmy Takter-Jimmy Takter
6-Time To Kill-John Campbell-Ross Croghan
*7-Handover Belle-Mike Lachance-Tony Alagna
*8-Perfect Alliance-Andy Miller-Robert Bencal
9-Shared Past-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke
* Dignifies that the horse scratched out of the second heat.
Ma Chere Hall trotted a tough first over mile in the second heat, but To Dream On tracked her cover and flew in the final stages to pull off the 13-1 upset in the Filly Futurity.
Shared Past sprinted off the wings of the gate and dictated the terms entering the first turn. Classic Martine got away in second and Ma Chere Hall was racing in third. Mistery Woman got away in fourth and To Dream On was at her flank, parked out to the quarter. Shared Past was ruthless on command, trotting the opening panel in :26.4.
To Dream On was floating in the center of the pack heading to the half, desperate for cover. Ma Chere Hall took the bait and began a pursuit towards Shared Past through a :54.2 (:27.3) half. To Dream On was breathing on Corey Callahan’s neck, anxious to move three wide before three-quarters. Shared Past remained with the advantage over Ma Chere Hall as the two battled past three-quarters in 1:23 (:28.3).
Ma Chere Hall took a short lead over Shared Past into the stretch. To Dream On was racing in third and soon fanned off her cover and lifted flight. Within a matter of strides, To Dream On had taken command and kicked away to a 2-length lead. Shared Past was left in her wake, while Ma Chere Hall was giving chase. To Dream On was a confident winner in her final outing, scoring in 1:52.1 (:29.1). Ma Chere Hall was second, Shared Past was third and Time To Kill finished fourth.
To Dream On ($28.00) is a three-year-old filly by Credit Winner, out of the mare Satin Pillows by Conway Hall. She is owned by Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband and is trained and driven by Jimmy Takter.
“She kept being a little grabby like she was in the first heat,” driver and trainer Jimmy Takter said. “I had a bad horse in front of me [in the first heat] that didn’t take me anywhere, so she was too grabby there. I kept her on the outside and as long as she didn’t get excited, then I got good cover from Corey [Callahan on Ma Chere Hall]. I was waiting, and waiting and waiting because she had been having problems this year and this win was very sweet for her. It had been one long road with her and thank God I have really good owners. I know she is a super horse.”
“Jimmy and I just agreed out here on the racetrack that’s it, she’s retired,” co-owner Marvin Katz said. “Jimmy suggested it and I’m all for that.”