Owner Carlton Watson seeks first Classic victory

Observer staff reporter

Friday, March 22, 2019

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CARLTON Watson, breeder and owner of Lady Blue, doesn't want to get too excited nor too far ahead of himself but the former champion owner believes that his three-year-old chestnut filly is probably his best chance of achieving a first Classic winner.

The Classics get underway with the 1000 Guineas (fillies only) on April 13.

Watson's confidence came after Lady Blue, trained by Wayne DaCosta, made all the running to win the 28th staging of the Thornbird Stakes at Caymanas Park on Saturday, March 16, 2019.

The Thornbird Stakes was the final major prep race for the three-year-olds heading into the Classic series of races.

“Yes, I think she can win the 1000 Guineas after a performance like this. I think that she [ Lady Blue] is really improving with each run. She has improved and we expect her to get a mile, the distance of the Guineas,” Watson said.

“It was an awesome performance by Lady Blue. I mean, the trainer trained her for this and she ran accordingly. She is young; she is improving and we are hoping for the best.

“With me being the breeder as well, it would be excellent if she wins the 1000 Guineas, which would be my first Classic winner. It would be good for me to win a Classic as owner and breeder,” Watson added.

Ridden by Omar Walker, Lady Blue defeated Princess Ava and Princess Lauren in the seven-furlong (1,400 metres) event.

Lady Blue ran the distance of 7-furlongs in 1:26.0.

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