D Hatman Thoroughbreds and Kingdom Bloodstock Inc.’s Elevated Vision capped off her 3-year-old campaign with a victory over older rivals in the $75,000 Politely Stakes for Maryland-bred and/or sired fillies and mares on Dec. 29, the final Saturday card of the year at Laurel Park. Making just her fifth career start and first in stakes company, the bay filly trained by Phil Schoenthal recorded her third win by posting the 38-1 upset.
The six-furlong Politely attracted a field of nine. Elevated Vision was one of two 3-year-olds to line up, the other 2017 Maryland-bred champion 2-year-old filly Limited View, who was the early pacesetter before giving way and finishing last.
The 10th stakes winner of 2018 for Maryland’s leading sire Great Notion, Elevated Vision was facing older horses for the third straight time, but the first time while against the likes of Maryland-bred champions Crabcakes and My Magician, the latter the defending Politely winner, as well as 2018 multiple stakes winner Anna’s Bandit. Crabcakes and Anna’s Bandit are also daughters of Great Notion.
Stalking the pace, Elevated Vision sprinted clear in mid stretch and held off My Magician to win by a length in 1:10.69 over a main track rated good. Anna’s Bandit was a neck behind My Magician in third. Crabcakes, the 3-5 favorite who had never finished worse than second in nine previous tries at Laurel, ran a lackluster race and wound up eighth, six lengths behind the winner.
A $68,000 purchase by D Hatman Thoroughbreds out of the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling sale, Elevated Vision was unraced at 2 and came out at 3 to win her first two races, in February and March at Laurel, before finishing third in a restricted turf allowance against older horses in May and going to the sidelines. In her return Nov. 30, she finished third in a six-furlong dirt allowance.
“She came out of the box early and won a couple races right off the bat. Then she had a couple little issues that kind of sidelined her for the summer, but we always hoped she was this kind of horse,” Schoenthal said. “But, until you lead them over here in a stakes race, you don’t know. She deserved to be a long shot. She was not very accomplished. It’s very exciting.”
The latest stakes winner bred by Richard Golden’s Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds, Elevated Vision is out of the stakes-winning Polish Numbers mare Sparkling Number, making her a three-quarter-sister to Grade 1 winner Illuminant (a daughter of Quality Road). Their half-sister, the Cozzene mare Two’s Cozy, is the dam of 2016 Maryland-bred champion steeplechaser Top Striker as well as Clever Mind and Follow the Dog, winners of the last two runnings of the Maryland Million Nursery. Elevated Vision’s granddam is graded stakes winner Sunny Sparkler, dam of additional stakes winner Smart Sunny. The family includes the top-class racemare Honey Fox.
Sparkling Number, now 21, has not produced a foal since Elevated Vision. She was bred in 2018 to first-year Northview Stallion Station sire Madefromlucky.
Read more about the running of the Politely here