Sheryl's Melody wins!!!
After hitting a few bad notes in her earlier races, Sheryl's Melody made beautiful music in the slop on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Like a diva that performs her best on the grandest of stages, Sheryl's Melody put forth a tour-de-force performance in front of 155,804 Kentucky Derby attendees and a national television audience on ESPN.
Sheryl's Melody broke well and settled comfortably into third through the early stages of the race. Jockey Kent Desormeaux kept Sheryl out in the middle of the track and away from most of the slop being kicked back by the pacesetter. She remained in third just over two-lengths back through a half-mile in 48.1. When Desormeaux gave Sheryl her cue with about three-furlongs to run, she advanced three wide. She seized command entering the lane and splashed off to a four-length victory.
Dallas Stewart said, "The filly was training too well. I was either going to have to work her or get paid, and I thought it would be better if we got paid. When I saw the forecast I thought we might catch a perfect spot. Kent rode her perfectly. I told him to keep her close, and he moved at the perfect time. It couldn't have worked out better."
Kent Desormeaux said, "I could tell from the warm-up that this filly didn't have a big turn of foot. I smooched her from the gate to keep her close. I wanted to gallop them off their feet, so I had to stay close. I knew she wasn't going to be running horses down. She just kept going the one speed. I was happy to wear the beads for all the clients from down in New Orleans."
A three-year-old daughter of More Than Ready, Sheryl's Melody earned $28,800 for the win. She will run back in late May.