Haynesfield had quite the weekend, the son of Speightstown sired two stakes winners, Hay Dakota in the Mystic Lake Stakes and Profound Moment in the Washington State Legislators Stakes.
Hay Dakota Wins Mystic Lake Stakes
Hay Dakota dropped too far behind a slow pace last summer at Canterbury Park in the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby, his strong rally falling a neck short of victory. But his rider Sunday in the $100,000 Mystic Lake Mile, Denny Velazquez, timed things better and Hay Dakota won an exciting edition of the one-mile grass race by a neck.
“When I saw the three of them were battling, I thought I’d wait to make my move,” Velazquez said.
Hay Dakota ran one mile on a course officially rated good in 1:35.37 and paid $15.80 to win.
Alice Mettler owns Hay Dakota, a 4-year-old by Haynesfield out of the Harlan’s Holiday mare Churchill By the Sea. Berndt said last summer he remembered Chicago-based jockey Carlos Marquez Jr. telling him following a dirt breeze at Hawthorne several months before Hay Dakota even tried turf that Berndt and Mettler had a grass horse on their hands. After four dirt losses to start his career, Hay Dakota’s connections risked him for a $20,000 maiden-claiming tag in his Canterbury and turf debut.
Hay Dakota wasn’t taken, and by the end of 2016 he had become a graded-stakes winner after upsetting the Grade 3 Commonwealth Stakes last fall at Churchill.
“It’s very rewarding,” Berndt said. “He had some gate issues; that’s why we ran him for the $20,000.”
Hay Dakota won’t be running for a claiming tag anytime soon. (Source: Marcus Hersh- DRF)
Profound Moment Wins at Emerald Downs
Profound Moment, a 4 year old filly by Haynesfield out of Moment of Honour, drew away from the field to win the $50,000 Washington Legislators Stakes for fillies at mares at Emerald Downs.
She has four wins in seven starts with earnings totaling $110,828. Profound Moment entered the Stakes coming off a fifth in a May 13th optional claimer.
Profound Moment ran the 6 1/2 furlongs on dirt in 1:14.90 and won by two lengths at odds of 2-1 in the field of seven. (Source: CTBA)