Making her stakes debut a memorable one, Sagamore Farm’s Tell a Great Story battled favorite Ile St. Molly the length of the stretch and got her nose down at the wire to win the Delaware Park’s Go For Wand Stakes on Saturday, June 15.

A prep for the mile and a sixteenth $300,000 Delaware Oaks-G2 on July 13, the $75,000 Go For Wand at a mile and 70 yards displayed the determination of Sagamore’s filly. With Forest Boyce astride, the daughter of Bluegrass Cat sat off the pace before launching her bid heading into the far turn and giving chase to Ile St. Molly. Tell a Great Story dug in, cut into the margin and ranged up alongside at the top of the stretch. The two raced stride for stride and hit the wire with together – the margin of victory being the slimmest of noses. It was another 11 1⁄2 lengths back to the third place finisher. The final time was 1:40.80 over a fast main track.

It was the third wins in five starts, all this year, for Tell a Great Story, who has earnings of $103,820 and has never been off the board. Her life story is one of those that reminds one should “never give up” – and is recounted in full detail on Sagamore Farm’s website. “Tell a Great Story was born very tiny and unable to breathe. After being resuscitated, Sagamore’s equine management staff termed her a “dummy foal” due to her inability to feed from her mother and lack of reflexes. The Sagamore Racing team believed that Tell a Great Story would not survive, let alone race one day. During her first few days, the team at Sagamore bottle fed Tell a Great Story every two hours until she finally took to her mare.” Sagamore’s general manager, Tom Mullikin, notes: “She has always lived a normal life. She’s a fighter.”

Tell a Great Story is the second foal out of the Not For Love mare Roadtohanna, one of the first purchases made by Kevin Plank’s team when entering the Thoroughbred business in 2006. Consigned by breeders Charles and Cynthia McGinnes’ Thornmar Farm to the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearling sale, the dark bay filly out of December Ember was a half-sister to stakes winners Polish Rifle (Polish Numbers, $169,000, Maryland Million Nursery S, 2nd Laurel Futurity-G3) and Steak Scam (Carnivalay, $365,930, Daniel Van Clief S, etc.) and to stakes-placed December Thunder, and was purchased for $70,000.

Roadtohanna never made it to the races, but her first two foals are now winners. The mare also has an unraced 2-year-old colt by Tiz Wonderful named Give No Quarter with Graham Motion, produced a colt by Bernstein in 2012 who has yet to be named, and delivered a Stephen Got Even colt this year, named Find Your Revenge. She is in foal to Scat Daddy.

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