First blacktype win for Wide West
Three-year-old Frankel filly Wide West held off her challengers for her first blacktype success in the Roar Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.
Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News, 22nd May 2023:
Wide West looked her fellow Irish-bred challenger in the eye, and would not be denied, gamely outbattling Harry Time to secure her first blacktype as the only filly in the Roar Stakes field. Coming into this contest with a fifth place seasonal opener at course and distance on 25th March and then winning last time out over the synthetic track (22nd April), she jumped at 6-1 odds and pressed from the three path as the early pacesetter was given no quarter through the opening splits.
Taking command around the turn and roused for more from four wide into the homeward drive, Wide West braced herself for the inevitable challenge as Harry Time loomed her most pressing danger in the final stages, but refused to be denied.
Bred by Craig Bernick, she is the flag bearer for Deer Valley, who also produced two-year-old King Julien (Kingman) on her return from her stint in Europe after being bred. Deer Valley is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Crisp, who produced Japan Dirt Derby winner Danon Pharoah, and half-sister to the dam of Graded-performer Malibu Bonnie. This is the extended female
family of multiple Graded winner Spellbinder and Grade 1 winner Whywhywhy.