NEWS BRIEFS, CARDINAL OFF SIN-BIN
Cardinal Sin, who suffered his first defeat at his third start in a Sires Stakes Heat at Addington on October 3,has had five days off to freshen for trainers, Cran Dalgety and Nathan Purdon.
The Kentuckiana Lodge trainers did a blood count on him but couldn’t find too much wrong with him.
“He just wasn’t right on the night last week. He became very agitated in the stables before he went out, which we hadn’t struck before.”
“He went from travelling well in front to being gone in a stride, so we’ll ust turn the page and start again,” Cran said.
Cardinal Sin, a gelded son of champion sire Bettor’s Delight and Group One-winning filly Opulent (1:54.9, 1684m, West Aust; 18 wins & $286, 877), had impressed in both Addington wins in September before his offf-night run.
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.