Divine Fashion earned her 10th victory of 2023 at Mahoning Valley Race Course in Youngstown, Ohio, on Saturday, Dec. 30, moving herself into a tie for most wins by a North American-based horse.
Making the final start of her 4-year-old season, the bay daughter of Country Life Farm stallion Divining Rod went off at 3-1 in a six-furlong starter allowance. Breaking from the outside post position six under Luis Rivera, she rated off the pace towards the center of the track while odds-on favorite For the Biscuit was pressed on a rail lead.
As they rounded the turn, Divine Fashion made her move for the front and took charge without much trouble. For the Biscuit, exhausted from her early efforts, backed up, and no one else made a serious late rally. Rivera wrapped up his mount in the last sixteenth, and she coasted under the wire nine and a quarter lengths in front, running the distance on a muddy track in 1:13.22. Khozzy Valintine finished second, completing a Maryland-bred exacta.
Originally an $18,000 RNA as a weanling at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December Mixed Sale, Divine Fashion was purchased for $20,000 by Country Life Farm, agent, at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale from the Bill Reightler consignment. She raced for Country Life and trainer Mike Trombetta from her debut in June 2022 at Laurel Park until her maiden-breaking win on Aug. 26 that year at Timonium, where she was claimed for $25,000 by current owner Richard Burnsworth and current trainer Anthony Farrior.
She's won 11 times for her current connections since then, and $166,335 of her career total $193,940. Nine of her 10 wins this year have come at Charles Town. She finished 2023 with a mark of 10-3-2 from 17 starts and earnings of $140,332.
Divine Fashion was bred by Susan Wantz, and comes from a family of Wantz-bred mares. Divine Fashion's third dam, Feelin Better (Dancing Count), was purchased for $3,500 at the 2000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December Mixed Sale in foal to Yarrow Brae. Her third foal for Wantz was the Petionville filly Copper Fashion, who won twice in 11 starts and earned $28,604. Copper Fashion's first foal, Easter Fashion, finished second in Charles Town's 2012 Miss Shenandoah Stakes at 2 and was a three-time winner in her 26-race career, earning $121,161. Divine Fashion is the fourth foal out of Easter Fashion, and the fourth winner from as many starters.
Easter Fashion's most recent reported foal is an unnamed 3-year-old gelding by Capo Bastone. Matings to Unified for 2022 and Cloud Computing for 2023 did not produce a foal; she was bred to Mo Donegal for 2024.