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Needs Supervision delivered trainer Jeremiah O’Dwyer his first stakes victory Saturday when
she cruised home to win Fair Grounds’ $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes. The Paynter filly, who was making her stakes debut, also picked up 10
points toward the 2019 Kentucky Oaks on May 3 at Churchill Downs.
O’Dwyer said he will speak with the owners, but would like to aim for the Rachel Alexandra Stakes (G2) Feb. 16 at Fair Grounds.
Needs Supervision was only a $55,000 2-year-old purchase for Howling Pigeon Farms, LLC. She broke her maiden at Laurel Park second asking in November before she showed off in one-mile allowance
optional claiming race at Churchill Downs. The five-length romp under the twin spires convinced Gary
Barber, Wachtel Stable and Madaket Stables LLC to jump on board.
“I was confident of her staying two turns,” O’Dwyer said of heading into the Silverbulletday. “It was if she was good enough. I was pretty confident that she’d taken a step forward from Churchill again, but every time it’s a steppingstone you go forward. She’s really nice.”
Jockey Joe Rocco Jr. was aboard for both the Silverbulletday and the Churchill Downs win.
“Jerry said she was a
really nice filly at Churchill. He wasn’t sure how nice. I still think it’s
kind of like that,” he said. “She’s a really nice filly. I don’t know if we quite know how
nice yet. I’m really excited for the opportunity, thankful for them and the
owners. She handled two turns very nice today.”
In Barber’s pink silks for the Silverbulletday, Needs Supervision settled in
third behind Fun Finder and Golden Rod (G2) winner Liora. Fun Finder took
advantage of her rail position and set soft fractions of 24.12 and 49.57 up
front. Despite the easy pace, the leaders did not last down the stretch.
Rocco turned Needs Supervision loose and the filly took off with
ease. She completed the 1 mile and 70 yards in 1:45.34.
“I just tried to keep her relaxed and stay out of her way,” the jockey said, “and she showed what
she can do.”
Eres Tu came on for second three-quarters of a length behind the winner. The favorite Grandaria was third over Liora.
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