Euro Stable’s My Star Potential, making her stakes debut in her third career start, lived up to her name with a front-running one and a half-length victory the $100,000 Maryland Million Lassie on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Laurel Park while defeating 11 rivals.
Outsprinted from the gate by 85-1 long shot Barbsgray Lion, My Star Potential quickly gained ground along the rail to gain a short lead after going the first quarter-mile in :22.28. Jockey Jomar Torres let the Tritap filly roll through a half in :46.10, turned for home in command after five furlongs in :58.53 and was never threatened to hit the wire in 1:11.73.
The next three runners – Belial, 9-5 favorite My Philly Dilly and Knock Out Kid, all by the late Heritage Stallions freshman sire Tritap – were separated by two necks for the next three spots.
The win was the second for My Star Potential, trained by Laurel fall meet leader Claudio Gonzalez. She debuted with a three-quarter-length maiden triumph Sept. 2 at Timonium and overcame an awkward start to be beaten a nose in an open entry-level allowance going six furlongs Oct. 1 at Parx.
Bred in Maryland by well-known sales consignor Cary Frommer, My Star Potential is out of the Cuvee mare Cheers Darling, whom Frommer purchased as a yearling for $120,000 in 2008. After failing to reach her reserve in her next two trips to the ring, Cheers Darling was campaigned in the name of Frommer and trainer Michael J. Trombetta and finished first and third in her only two starts. My Star Potential is the only one of Cheers Darling’s first three foals to sell at auction, fetching $50,000 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton 2-year-olds in training in May.
Cheers Darling produced a 2017 Maryland-bred colt by Bourbon Courage and hasn’t had a foal reported in 2018. Read more