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August 11, 2006 · By · Share

Brendolyn, our three-year-old daughter of Knockadoon, scored what can only be described as a game and gritty victory in a starter allowance at Del Mar.  In a race that on paper looked rather paceless, Brendolyn was forced to press the pace.  This isn't exactly what she likes to do, but Tyler Baze had to keep her in striking range to prevent the pacesetter from stealing the race.  Brendolyn remained well within striking range and then loomed up on the outside heading into the turn.  She drew on nearly even terms at the top of the stretch.  It looked like she might roll on by, but Tyler Baze accidentally dropped the whip when pulling it through.  He had to hand ride Brendolyn hard, and Brendolyn dug in gamely on the outside to score by a nose.

Craig Dollase said, "This filly is all heart.  What a game effort.  She had to press the pace which is not really her game, and then she just refused to lose.  She dug in like a warrior and just made sure she stayed in front.  She's one hard trying filly.  I can't wait to try stretching her out.  I think she might be even better going two turns."

Tyler Baze said, "This filly bailed me out a little bit.  I felt like I was on much the best filly.  I dropped the stick in the lane.  My filly really battled though.  She just kept fighting that other filly inside of her, and then I was able to pick up her head just at the wire.  She has a world of fight in her.  She's great to ride."

The victory improved Brendolyn's record to 2-3-0 from seven starts, and it pushed her career earnings to $51,840.

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