In a battle to the finish, Steven T. Newby’s Come Sundown held off Smithwick’s Spice on Saturday, Sept. 29 to win Delaware Park’s $100,000 First State Dash Stakes for 2-year-olds by a neck. The son of Great Notion led throughout the five and a half furlongs and stopped the clock in 1:04.17.
It was the second win in two starts for the Dale Capuano-trained gelding, who broke his maiden at Laurel Park on Aug. 18 at five furlongs while defeating 10 others.
Come Sundown was the second stakes winner of the day bred by Charles and Cynthia McGinnes, following Sonny Inspired’s win in the Find Stakes at Laurel Park. He descends from one of the McGinneses’ most successful broodmares, Muffies Muffin, purchased by the couple for $26,000 at age 10 in 1991 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic February Mixed sale while in foal to Baederwood.
The McGinneses bred four stakes horses out of Muffies Muffin, the best multiple graded stakes winner and $671,616-earner Wicapi, a son of Waquoit born in 1992. Her stakes-winning daughter Cranberry Muffin is the dam of stakes winners Target Sighted, All Smiles and Two Punch Gal. The foal she was carrying when the McGinneses made the purchase was Crying in the Rain, who went on to produce stakes winners Water Cannon and Jet Run.
Come Sundown’s dam, the winning During mare Desiderata, is out of Almost Paradise (Allen’s Prospect—Muffies Muffin) and is a half-sister to stakes winner Come Fly Away. The McGinneses sold the first five foals out of Desiderata, two of them now stakes winners. Everything Lovely (by Pollard’s Vision), winner of the 2017 The Very One Stakes at Pimlico and an earner of $359,651, was a $30,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall sales yearling in 2013; four years later Come Sundown sold at the same sale for the same amount to Newby.