Glenangus Farm’s homebred Peach of a Gal got up in the final strides to win the $50,000 Christiana Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on Wednesday, June 20 at Delaware Park. With Jorge Vargas Jr. aboard, the daughter of Curlin recorded her first career stakes victory by a length and returned $34. Final time for the about mile and a sixteenth over a firm turf course was 1:42.39, less than a second off the 22-year-old course record. Trained by H. Graham Motion, Peach of a Gal had two prior stakes attempts – an off-the-board finish in the Florida Oaks-G3 in March, her stakes debut, and a third in the $100,000 Hilltop over the Pimlico turf course on May 18 in her previous start.
“She is a nice filly,” said winning rider Jorge Vargas Jr. “With every race she is developing more and more. The last time I rode her at Pimlico [Hilltop Stakes], the turf was way too heavy for her because of the rain. She tried on it, but she was just was not herself. Today, she got back to herself and brought us to the winner’s circle.”
A daughter of Richetta (by Polish Numbers), Peach of a Gal is a full sister to multiple stakes-placed Cu Rahy and a half-sister to four-time stakes winner and graded stakes-placed Concealed Identity, an earner of $461,140. Richetta, now 17, has been a resident of Tom and Chris Bowman’s Dance Forth Farm ever since retiring in 2005 after racing for Higgins and Bowman Stable. In three seasons on the track, Richetta started 18 times, 16 in stakes, won the Maryland Million Lassie, Heavenly Cause and Selima Stakes on her way to being named 2003 Maryland-bred champion 2-year-old filly, and added a victory in the Twin Lights Stakes at 3. She retired with earnings of $296,848 while finishing on the board in 13 of her starts.
Peach of a Gal is the first of the mare’s foals bred by James Dresher’s Glenangus Farm. The mare has since produced a 2016 colt by Broken Vow named Dynastic, who has yet to start; a filly by Imagining in 2017; and delivered a full sister to Concealed Identity (by Smarty Jones) this past May.
Peach of a Gal broke her maiden at Tampa Bay Downs on the turf in December, and added an turf allowance at Laurel Park in May. The stakes victory raised her career record to three wins from eight starts, for earnings of $75,750. Read more