CC Stacy looks to make it four in a row in Whenuwishuponastar final.
She put in a speedy mile in the $90,000 American National, was much the best in her second leg division of the Whenuwishuponastar Series and Now CC Stacy has been named the 6-5 morning line favourite in the $47,800 Whenuwishuponastar final, set for Thursday evening at Mohawk.
The nine-horse field will go to post for the seventh race (9:15 p.m.) and
onditioner Rob Harmon has Luc Ouellette, Woodbine Entertainment’s leading
river, to be at CC Stacy’s reins.
The bay Matts Scooter filly, out of themare Down Time, is a full
ister to Armbro Baylor (p3, 1:49.1 [m], $164,985), who showed in 2004 that
e could roll with the best of them.
To date, CC Stacy’s quickest mile came in the aforementioned American
ational final, where she received a perfect front-end trip and blazed the
ne-mile Balmoral Park strip in 1:52.4, recording a one-length margin of
“We were in a Hanover stake the week before the [American National]
limination and I told [driver] Dave Magee that she was a little testy off
he gate,” said Harmon, a 35-year-old resident of Cement City, Michigan. “He
acked her off with two fingers. She was on a line and he thought that she
ould’ve won if he could have steered her down the lane, but she kept on
unning in. We put a head pole on her and she was fine for the next week
American National elimination].”
CC Stacy ended up finishing three-quarters of one length back in second in
he Hanover stake at Balmoral, pacing in 1:56.2, but the filly seemed to
lossom after that performance.
“I took the advice of Dave, but she wasn’t that way [on a line] at all at
azel Park. It just seems that with the long straightaway, and with her
earning to go fast, she just needed a little extra help.”
Along with the American National elim came a driver change and a coming out
f sorts for the $63,200 career earner.
“For the American National elimination, I put Tony Morgan down to drive her
ecause Dave had another one in there for an Illinois trainer,” said Harmon,
ho currently has 49 head in training. “I rigged her the way that Dave asked
e to [with a head pole] and she was perfect. The elimination was in the
lop – we were in a rainstorm. I don’t think [the charted line] shows it,
ut it was pouring down, there was sloppy mud and that was a huge mile that
In the elim, Morgan gave CC Stacy a pocket ride and the filly responded,
opping the pocket, going away for a 1¾-length tally in 1:54.3.
Blissfield, Michigan’s Chuck Campbell owns CC Stacy, who in seven starts
his season has compiled a 3-2-1 record and seems on paper to be the
harpest of the bunch heading into Thursday.
“He bought Down Time [CC Stacy’s dam], in foal, at Delaware in the Armstrong
ispersal that they had down there,” said Harmon, who races his stock mainly
t Hazel Park and Windsor Raceway.
“Even as a baby she was always big and long. She’s just been a good-looking
orse from day one. After looking at Armbro Baylor and what he did, I just
ad a good feeling that if everything went well and she stayed healthy that
he’d be alright.”
In terms of racing on the Woodbine Entertainment circuit this early in the
eason, Harmon said that it wasn’t in the plans. CC Stacy is staked to the
hes A Great Lady [eliminations scheduled for September 10 at Mohawk] and
he Three Diamonds [eliminations scheduled for October 14 at Woodbine]. If
ll goes according to plan, the filly will also contend later stakes tilts
t The Red Mile in Lexington and at Dover Downs.
“We weren’t planning on racing up here at all,” said Harmon. “After looking
t her schedule, we realized that her next big race was about five weeks
own the road [Shes A Great Lady elims]. We were going to give her a couple
f weeks off, but then we decided to give her one week off and race her in
he second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar.”
The complete field for Thursday’s final is as follows:
PP – Horse – Driver – Trainer – Line – (Sire/Dam)
1 – Best Of Seven – Ra. Waples – T. Vrablic – 7-2 - (/Sevenish)
2 – Cannae Cindy – M. Baillargeon – J. Kopas – 15-1 - (/Cannae Jenna)
3 – Adoration – M. Saftic – C. Beelby – 15-1 - (/Impress)
4 – Fine Life – R. Mayotte – R. Atkin – 12-1 - (/So Fine)
5 – Warrawee Happy – K. Rose – R. Auciello – 10-1 - (Dragons Lair/La Bella
6 – Keystone Dawn – S. Condren – J. Kopas – 9-2 - (/Dawnmarie Seelster)
7 – CC Stacy – L. Ouellette – R. Harmon – 6-5 - (Matts Scooter/Down Time)
8 – Nat A Tat Tat – P. MacDonell – R. Jones – 8-1 - (/Turn On)
9 – Mustang Kensley – J. Jamieson – C. Jamieson – 12-1 - (Western
NOTE: The complete field will be racing from the retention barn.