Madelyn’s Sunshine returns to the winners’ enclosure
Madelyn’s Sunshine’s preparation for the Kaz Hoshay Trophy feature on Saturday, November 4, 2023, convinced trainer Jason DaCosta that his four-year-old American-bred filly was on the return to her form of old.
Madelyn’s Sunshine easily blew aside competitors in another super-sprinting show to win the Overnight Allowance contest for three-year-olds and upwards at 6 furlongs (1,200m) by 5 Â¾ lengths. Madelyn’s Sunshine clocked 1:13.0 seconds for the distance (23.0 x 46.3).
“It was a good performance by Madelyn’s Sunshine to win. I mean, she trained well coming into this race and so we had expected a good run from her.
“The final time was decent as she has always been a talented filly. She has had her share of problems but when she is good, she is really good. The instruction given to the jockey was plain and simple, go right in front,” DaCosta said.
Ridden by Reyan Lewis, Madelyn’s Sunshine raced to the front shortly after the race began and was pursued into the half-mile (800m) turn by Hoist The Mast (Paul Francis), Laban (Phillip Parchment), and KP Choice (Javaniel Patterson).
Madelyn’s Sunshine maintained her comfortable lead approaching the straight, and with no genuine opponent in sight, the quick-footed runner cruised home in convincing fashion. Laban finished second, followed by Race Car (Raddesh Roman) in third.
“Basically this horse is a very good horse as you can see from her performance. The trainer told to me to get a good break, put her in front because they [other horses] don’t have the speed as her, and ask her to run when I am comfortable.
“I have ridden this horse before going five a half furlongs. I had put her in front and when I asked her to run in the straight she gave me everything and we won in 1:05.3.
“I know her so I wasn’t worried or anything during the race,” Lewis said.