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After two stakes placings in her first four starts, Determined Driver broke through in a big way Saturday, March 23 at Laurel Park, taking the Beyond the Wire in easy fashion.

The bay 3-year-old filly was the comfortable 7-5 morning line favorite off a pair of solid efforts this year. She won her sophomore debut at Laurel Feb. 9, then finished second to Miss Harriett in the Feb. 24 Wide Country. The betting public accorded her plenty of respect, sending her off as the 11-10 favorite in the five-horse field. 

Breaking from the outside post under Forest Boyce, she started well and was rated just off the early leaders, stakes winners Kissedbyanangel and Aoife’s Magic. She enjoyed a perfect setup racing just off the rail a few lengths off the pace, while Kissedbyanangel went the first quarter in :24.29 and a half in :48.10.  

On the far turn, Boyce nudged at Determined Driver to make her move, and the filly responded in kind. She seized control at the top of the stretch, with Kissedbyanngel and Aoife’s Magic offering little resistance. Determined Driver pulled seven lengths clear as they passed the eighth pole, and the margin only grew from there. She hit the wire 12 1/2 lengths in front, with Kissedbyanangel getting second to complete a Maryland-bred exacta. The final time for a mile over a sloppy main track was 1:39.68. 

Determined Driver improved her career record to 3-2-0 in five starts, with earnings of $178,810, and her 3-year-old record to 2-1-0 in three attempts for earnings of $113,810. She broke her maiden on debut at Colonial Downs Aug. 11 going five and a half furlongs on the turf, and finished second in the Sept. 2 Timonium Juvenile against males in her only other freshman start.

Determined Driver is a homebred for Matt Dorman, bred under the nom de course 2500 Determined Stud and campaigned under D Hatman Thoroughbreds. Phil Schoenthal is the winning trainer. She’s by Dialed In out of the Great Notion mare Elevated Vision. 

Dorman and Kingdom Bloodstock Inc. purchased Elevated Vision for $68,000 from the Northview Stallion Station consignment at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearling Sale, and with Schoenthal as trainer, campaigned her through a 17-race career that included three victories, one of them being the 2018 Politely Stakes, and earnings of $139,161. Elevated Vision was bred by Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds in Chesapeake City, which is where Determined Driver was foaled.

Elevated Vision is out of the multiple stakes-winning Polish Numbers mare Sparkling Number, whose offspring include Grade 1 winner and group stakes producer Illuminant (Quality Road), stakes-placed 15-time winner Jeezum Jim (Fairbanks), an earner of $382,196, and the unraced Two’s Cozy (Cozzene), dam of stakes winners Clever Mind and Follow the Dog and granddam of graded stakes-placed Dubby Dubbie and current 3-year-old filly Anna’s Wish. Also a daughter of Dialed In, Anna’s Wish finished third in Aqueduct’s Cicada Stakes on March 16. 

Determined Driver is the first foal for Elevated Vision. She also has a 2-year-old filly named Christy My Love (Maclean’s Music), who sold for $62,000 to Valter Ramos at last year’s Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale, and an unnamed yearling by Hard Spun. She was bred to Charlatan for 2024.

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