THE MISS OHIO STAKES CAPS A MORE THAN FAIR DAY FOR FAIR WINDS FARM
Two foals that used to run in the same paddock as young weanlings and were raised at Fair Winds Farm in Waynesville, made important strides in their young careers on Saturday, July 22. Tango Run, who was bred by Dr. Harold Fishman easily captured the $75,000 Miss Ohio Stakes at Jack Thistledown, while 90 minutes earlier Funnel Cake became the first winner from the first crop of Kettle Corn, who stands at Fair Winds.
Tango Run took advantage of an open rail to coast home to win by 2 3/4 lengths. Count de Loot was up late for second after passing Summit Point, who finished another 1 1/4 lengths back in third. The 2-year-old filly, is trained by Doug Cowans for owner Michael Foster who purchased the Run Away and Hide filly for $32,000 at the Fasig-Tipton October Sale as a yearling. Tango Run is now undefeated in two starts. The Miss Ohio is her first black type win and pushed her earnings to $63,000. Jockey Rex Stokes III made the winning move leaving the turn and the winner was home free under a hand ride. Racing on a sealed muddy track, Tango Run finished the 5 1/2 furlongs for 2-year-old Ohio-bred fillies in 1:06.88.
“I’d like to see her break a little better than she has,” said Cowans, “and I’d like to see her get a clean trip. Besides having to steady out of the gate, it looked like she was going to be caught inside on the turn, but it opened up. She was in a position to wait the whole time. She’s overcome some adversity in both starts. A lot of young horses will give up [when they get in trouble] but she hasn’t. Maybe we haven’t seen the best of her yet.” Tango Run will point toward the Tah Dah Stakes August 27 at Belterra Park, stated Cowans.
Breeder Dr. Harold Fishman is the father of Lori Williams, who operates Fair Winds Farm with her husband Kim. They report that Thedoctorscat, dam of Tango Run gave birth to a Kettle Corn filly this season.
Funnel Cake is trained by Tom Amoss and was purchased for $35,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale out of the Woods Edge Farm consignment by owner Maggi Moss. Funnel Cake took the lead out of the gate and never faltered. He won the five-furlong maiden special weight race by two lengths in a final time of :59.07 under jockey Perry Ouzts.
The 2-year-old colt out of the Bluegrass Cat mare Bluegrass Ellie was exiting a fourth-place finish as the favorite at Thistledown June 30. He was bred in partnership by John P. Hicks, William Hart and William Martin, who also invested in Kettle Corn upon his retirement to Fair Winds.
Trained by John Sadler, he became a multiple graded stakes winner, with his best victory earned in the 2013 San Diego Handicap (G2) at Del Mar. He won or placed in eleven stakes – ten of them graded and was second to Game On Dude in the $1,000,000 Grade 1 TVG Pacific Classic and the $500,000 Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup. He retired with $853,361 in earnings and stands at Fair Winds for $2,500.