SUPER slick Congrats filly Applauding kept her unbeaten record intact with a predictable first-up win coming in the USA during the week.
Given the tag of TDN Rising Star after blazing away to a 9-lens win at Keeneland (in track record time) at her debut in October last year.
Applauding was next seen at Fair Grounds in early December where she again ran her rivals ragged with an awesome display of sustained speed to set up a 6-lens win.
She missed an expected start in the Silverbulletday S. at Fair Grounds in January with a bout of colic and was given plenty of time to regroup.
Heavily favored in her return overnight, Applauding pulled her way to the early lead and set fractions of :22.00 and :45.87. Her win at the famous Churchill Down racecourse came with early fractions of :22s and :45.87s and a final comfortable winning margin of 1.25-lens.
A future program has not been announced.
CONGRATS delivers USA 2YO double – see below.
Vinery’s former U.S Champion First Season Sire, Congrats added two more winners to his ever expanding tally with a juvenile double in the USA on the weekend.
Congrats’ latest 2yo winners – Frolic’s Star at Calder and Limited Response at Hollywood Park – are both from the stallion’s third and final crop in Florida before he relocated to Vinery HQ in Kentucky.
“The current crop of Congrat’s two-year-olds racing in the US is his smallest crop,” Vinery Stud’s Conor Phelan, “But even so, there is already the Grade 1 placed Toasting and these two from the weekend.”
Congrats has several large crops about to hit the track having cover books of over 200 in the last two seasons at Vinery Kentucky.
At last count, Congrats is the sire of 122 winners from 157 runners and boasts an incredible 77.7 percent winners-to-runners after three crops to race.
The son of A. P. Indy has 10 stakeswinners and 16 stakes-plcagetters led by Grade 1 winners Turbulent Descent, Wickedly Perfect and Emma’s Encore.