Maxis Stable, Madaket Stables LLC and Wonder Stables’ Miss J McKay once again displayed her talent by taking the $100,000 Anne Arundel County Stakes at Laurel Park by five lengths on Saturday, Sept. 28 during the second round of the September to Remember Stakes Festival.
Coming in off her stakes debut in the Colleen at Monmouth, where she was disqualified from first to third after bumping rivals at the eighth pole, Miss J McKay showed professionalism in the Anne Arundel County. The 4-5 favorite in a field of nine, the 2-year-old filly broke last and raced midpack off opening fractions of :21.47 and :45.08. Making a big move around the final turn, Miss J McKay burst through to take the lead and drew off easily, completing the five and a half furlongs over the firm turf in 1:02.49, more than a second faster than colts ran later on the card.
“We were much happier with the whole thing, and she’ll get better the more she races and gets a little experience under her. I think that’s all the Colleen thing was. Just a little greenness more than anything,” trainer Cal Lynch said.
Bred by Linda Oliff Rohleder, Miss J McKay is the first stakes winner for Maryland freshman sire Hangover Kid, who stands at Murmur Farm in Darlington. She sold for $1,500 as a weanling to D R Investments out of the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December Mixed Sale. Pinhooked to the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearling Sale, she made a substantial return on investment when Maxis Stable purchased her for $55,000. The filly was an $85,000 RNA at this year’s Ocala Breeders’ Sale’s Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training.
Miss J McKay made an impressive career debut when she broke her maiden by five and a quarter lengths going five and a half furlongs on the main track at Laurel on July 5, becoming her sire’s first winner. Following her most recent win, her record is 3-2-0-1, with $91,953 in earnings.
In honor of her namesake, the late Maryland Million founder Jim McKay, it is likely Miss J McKay will point to the $100,000 Maryland Million Lassie for 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs on the main track, on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Laurel.
Miss J McKay is the first foal for her dam Ballykiss, a Maryland-bred daughter of Street Boss who has since produced a 2018 colt by Hangover Kid and a 2019 filly by Imagining. Ballykiss descends from one of the best families developed by famed breeder Allaire duPont at her Woodstock Farm, that of Thirty Years, Miss J McKay’s graded stakes-winning fifth dam. Thirty Years produced four stakes horses from seven foals, including stakes winner Thirty Flags. Her first foal was her stakes-placed daughter Fair Rosalind (by Exclusive Native), Miss J McKay’s fourth dam.
Fair Rosalind one-upped her dam as a producer, first with multiple graded stakes winner Betty Lobelia, an earner of $463,512, and then Crowned. The Maryland-bred champion 2-year-old filly of 1989, Crowned won or placed in 19 stakes, went on to win the Delaware Handicap-G2, counted a second in the Coaching Club American Oaks-G1 among her five graded stakes-placings, and earned $605,323. The daughter of Chief’s Crown produced 1999 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year Best of Luck and stakes-placed Crown You. Her first of 12 foals was Approve (by Deputy Minister), Miss J McKay’s second dam.
Approve was the dam of multiple stakes-placed Xtra Heart and four other foals when she was sold as a broodmare at the 2005 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December sale, to the cover Two Punch, for $100,000, with Green Willow Farms making the purchase. Ballykiss, born in 2011, was her final foal. Sold as a yearling and 2-year-old, Ballykiss last sold at the same 2017 sale as her weanling daughter, in foal to Hangover Kid, with Lady Olivia at North Cliff making the purchase for $2,000.
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