Lonely Whistle Strikes Board in Pimlico’s Henry S. Clark Stakes
Sunday, may 1st, 2011 by Sarah Mace
Lonely Whistle, a Maryland-based gelded son of new York sire Say Florida Sandy campaigned by T. M. Racing Stables, picked up show honors in his five-year-old debut in the $75,000 Henry S. Clark Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday.
The Henry S. Clark, a two-turn race run at a mile on the turf, attracted a field of eight well-matched rivals. None of the three horses who took the most money, Baletti, Ben’s Cat and Followmyfootsteps, managed to get into contention, giving three others the opportunity, all at double-digit odds, to enter the breach and produce a $2 trifecta that paid $2,001.
After Lonely Whistle was switched from dirt to turf in April of last year by trainer Edward Maher, he waged a successful campaign in claiming and allowance races at Pimlico and Laurel Park, crossing the finish line first four times (including one DQ) and finishing second once in seven starts. As it happens, his best career performance to date had also come on the grass in his first (and only) turf race in 2009, when he finished second going a mile in Pimlico’s Woodlawn Stakes in his stakes and turf debut.
Lonely Whistle broke from post one in the Henry S. Clark, after three horses scratched to his inside, with Forest Boyce, a 2010 Eclipse Awards nominee for outstanding apprentice jockey, in the irons for the fifth consecutive time. After checking slightly in the first turn, the gelding – who before this has exhibited tactical speed – settled at the rail to race in sixth, nine lengths off the pace. up front 32-to-1 Crimson Comic led the way for a half mile, notching relatively aggressive fractions of 23.77 and 47.46 while being pressed by eventual winner Pocket Patch.
As Safety Valve unleashed a rally from mid-pack in the turn and Pocket Patch struck the lead at the top of the stretch, Boyce took Lonely Whistle off the fence in the two path. She guided her mount between horses and by the furlong marker was all clear for the final bid. Pocket Patch crossed the finish line 3 ½ lengths ahead of the still-closing Safety Valve, while Lonely Whistle sustained his rally to finish 1 ½ lengths behind the place horse. the final time for the mile run over good turf was 1:40.04.
With his second stakes-placing Lonely Whistle improved his career record to 4-4-4 from 19 starts and brought his total earnings to $81,045. He has hit the board in seven of his nine contests on the turf.
Bred by Harry L. Landry and foaled at Sun Valley Farm in Ballston Spa, Lonely Whistle is one of five starters and four winners from the placed Golden Gear mare Lyric Poem, also bred in new York by Landry. her second foal, Good Going Darl by Freud, was also stakes placed and earned $98,174. Lonely Whistle sold twice at auction, first as a yearling for $13,000 at the 2007 OBS Winter Mixed Sale, and then to her trainer Maher as a two-year-old for the bargain price of $6,000 at Fasig-Tipton Timonium.
Lonely Whistle’s sire, new York-bred multiple champion Say Florida Sandy, has stood at Buckridge Farm in Hudson since entering stud in 2004.
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