SPEEDY FILLY SEZANA LEAVES FOR NEW YORK
Kentuckiana Lodge filly Sezana is New York-bound in search of regular mile racing at Yonkers.
“She’s been sold to a trainer called Ricky Bucci, who likes chestnut coloured Shadow Play fillies,” said trainer Cran Dalgety.
“It was a bit of hard one as we wanted to keep her, but they keep making more of them.”
“She did a good job for us as she only cost $4500, so she did alright.”
Sezana won twice, including a 1:57.9 mile at Auckalnd in December, and picked up five minor placings in 16 starts, earning $41,468.
In a few months time, she would be a C2 four-year-old mare trying to advance her rating in Canterbury, and probably not worth as much as she is currently.
Sezana flew out of Auckland for North America last Friday, along with fellow Shadow Play daughter and February Group Two Premier Mares Championship winner, Dibaba.
The latter, also a Southland Oaks winner last term for Leeston trainers, Terry and Glenys Chmiel, won seven of 26 NZ starts for $127,759.
Dibaba, a four-year-old who won her second-to-last NZ start at Auckland on March 8, is expected to do her future racing for the Richard “Nifty” Norman stable.
Others on the North American consignment were unbeaten three-year-old filly Dixie Star (3f Bettor’s Delight-Dixie Belle), who will join the Peter Tritton stable, and improved 5YO mare Misty Memory (Real Desire-Deja Vous).
Dixie Star won her Winton debut in mid-February for the Stephen Boyd stable in 1:56.2 for the mile, then backed up winning at Invercargill on March 3 in a 2:00.8 rate over the 2200m.
Misty Memory, who initially won twice in Southland for the Hamish Hunter stable, won a further four races in the north this term for the Frank Cooney/Tate Hopkins partnership.