When they win like that, it gets your blood pumping. Lavender Chrissie rolled to victory in her first start of the year on Sunday at Gulfstream. Off as the second choice in the field of 3-year-old fillies, the daugher of Scat Daddy tracked just off the pace before making her move and drawing away as a handy winner under Corey Lanerie.
The grey filly broke her maiden at first asking in at the end of October at Churchill before failing to fire in a first level allowance race in November. She was found to have a guttural pouch infection after the race, a legitimate excuse for the effort. Upon shipping to Florida, she didn’t blossom as hoped, her coat was on the dull side and she was hard to keep weight on. We gave her the time she needed, and she really came around the last few weeks. Great job to the Dale Romans team.
“I’ve always loved this filly, and put her right up there with the top three-year-olds in my barn,” said Romans. “She went through a funky stage when she got down to Florida, but she’s much stronger now and definitely stakes quality.”
Lavender Chrissie is now under consideration for the $200,000 Eight Belles Stakes (G2) run at seven furlongs on the dirt on Friday, May 1 (Kentucky Oaks day) at Churchill Downs.