Richard Golden’s Victory Rally, facing stakes competition for the first time, added her name to the growing list of stakes winners in her family when she rode the rail under jockey Jorge Vargas Jr. and splashed home a gutsy neck winner over Another Broad in the $75,000 Geisha Stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday, Nov. 24.
It was the second straight win for Michael Matz-trained Victory Rally, both under Vargas, and fourth in 11 tries at Laurel. The winning time was 1:38.08 for one mile over a sloppy main track.
Sent off as the 5-1 sixth choice in the field of eight, Victory Rally had a similar trip to her previous effort Nov. 3 where she saved ground early before opening up for a six and a quarter-length allowance romp. The 4-year-old daughter of Jump Start tracked in fourth as 39-1 long shot Wowwhatabrat sailed through fractions of :23.95 and :47.02, having plenty of room to scoot up the rail as the pacesetter retreated straightening for home and hold off Another Broad through the stretch.
“She was pretty comfortable by the backstretch so I didn’t panic or anything,” Vargas said. “I just sat in the pocket like I did last time, and she just was full of run. When I asked her she was there for me, and that was it.”
Bred by her owner and foaled at his Sycamore Hall Farm in Chesapeake City, Victory Rally is out of American Victory, a stakes-winning daughter of Victory Gallop and half-sister to Maryland-bred champion 3-year-old and turf horse Giant Run. American Victory has produced four foals of racing age – her other winner is Charmed Victory, a stakes-placed runner who was the highest-priced yearling when sold for $260,000 at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall sale. The mare’s current 3-year-old, the Flatter filly Affezionamente, sold for $150,000 two years later at the same sale. The mare has a yearling colt by Flatter, an RNA at $120,000 at this year’s sale, and produced a filly by Declaration of War in April. She was bred back to Honor Code for 2019.
Victory Rally’s second dam, multiple graded stakes-winning turf mare Who Did It and Run (by Polish Numbers), is the dam of additional stakes performer Who’s Cozy, the dam of stakes winner Who’s in Town and stakes-placed Campaign Vows, and granddam of stakes-placed Buff’s in Love. Who’s Cozy’s yearling son by Uncle Mo sold for $200,000 to top all colts sold at this year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall sale.