MEDIA QUEEN STILL EARNING IN US
Media Queen, a former winner of three, and seven times placed in 32 NZ races for now retired former Kentuckiana Lodge owners, Jim and Susan Wakefield, continues to be a consistent New York earner.
Now eight, she won twice at Forbury for the Wakefields for trainer Cran Dalgety and driver Dexter Dunn, then transferred to Blenheim trainers, Pat and Mike O’Brien, for her last 10 NZ starts in 2016, primarily to take advantage of amateur driver races.
Media Queen gained her final NZ win for the O’Briens’ in a penalty-free junior drivers race on the grass at Pukeura Raceway, Taranaki, when driven by Dylan Ferguson, winning $19,200 here.
She was a 31-1 upset winner of a $US11,000 fillies and mares open pace on the half-mile oval at Batavia Downs on Thursday, October 10 (NZ time), finishing best from fifth to win in 1:55.1 (fifth) for the Angelo Nappo stable and driver, Dave McNeight III.
Media Queen has been busy again this year, lining up 28 times for eight wins, four seconds and a third, for $US43,294 in stakes, while she won three of 21 starts last year for $US20,114.
The quiet achiever’s quickest win for the year is a 1:54.2 (fifths) mile win on the half-mile track, while she’s taken a 1:53.8 mile best in the USA.
Media Queen’s dam, the now deceased Front Page Girl (1:58.8, six wins) was a Soky’s Atom sister to the good Brian O’Meara-trained 1990s pacer, Cigar (1:54.1, 17 wins & $328,041).
Both Front Page Girl and Cigar were from Media Miss (p3, 1:57.9), who won five when prepared by David Butt 30 years ago.