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Summer Spice broke his maiden by a nose with an exciting closing finish at Fair Grounds on March 24 over 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Summer Spice is a 2013 gelding by Discreetly Mine and out of Stone Farm mare Summer Savory. Trained by Mike Stidham and ridden by Robby Albarado.
The history of the San Felipe is littered with brilliant horses: California Chrome, Medaglia d’Oro, Point Given, Fusaichi Pegasus, Sunday Silence and Affirmed, to name just a few. That this year’s winner, Mastery, is unlikely to join them is a cruel blow to the sport because, make no mistake, he might just have done so.
Instead, he faces an uncertain future after a leg fracture left his racing career hanging in the balance. Whatever the prognosis, the son of Candy Ride may just be too valuable to bring back to the track.
Looking back at Saturday’s experience, owner Everett Dobson said he’s focused on the positive. “It could have been worse,” he said. “We didn’t have anything catastrophic happen, and I was told surgery went great. We’ll just take it one day at a time. We’re cautiously optimistic.”
A full sister to 2015 Champion Juvenile Air Force Blue was foaled March 9 at Arthur B. Hancock III’s Stone Farm, in Paris, Kentucky. The filly is out of the stakes-placed Maria’s Mon mare Chatham and is by top sire War Front.
A sterling performance by Cheyenne Stables’ Mastery in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (G2) for a moment appeared to stamp him as the clear favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
The undefeated son of Candy Ride set the pace, turned away a challenge from grade 1 winner Gormley and San Vicente (G2) winner Iliad, and pulled away in the stretch to win by 6 3/4 lengths. But Mastery was pulled up by Mike Smith after the wire and the Hall of Fame jockey jumped off the colt in the turn.