April 9, 2016
Source: Paulick Report
Glenn S. Bromagen’s Weep No More provided a shocking 30-1 upset in Saturday’s Grade 1 Central Bank Ashland, closing like a freight train in the shortened stretch run to nail Rachel’s Valentina by a neck on the wire. The sophomore daughter of Mineshaft covered the 1 1/16 miles over Keeneland’s fast main track in 1:43.57 for trainer Rusty Arnold, earning her first 100 points to secure a spot in the starting gate for the Kentucky Oaks.
“Each race she’s been better and better,” said Arnold. “Did we expect this? Not quite, but she’s a step ahead of us. We’ve got the mile and eighth in the (Kentucky) Oaks (G1) coming up. Jack Bohannan did all the work with her. She was under quarantine at Payson, and he trained her two months. Great job.”
Corey Lanerie allowed Weep No More to settle far behind the small field of five early on, at some points as many as 13 1/2 lengths off the lead. Cathryn Sophia broke the sharpest and was immediately joined by Carina Mia on the outside in a scramble for the first turn. Carina Mia won that battle and took over by a length, stopping the clock in :24.18 at the quarter pole. Rachel’s Valentina moved up from third to press the issue from second, hovering just three-quarters of a length off the leader through a half-mile in :47.24. Rounding the far turn, Cathryn Sophia moved up three wide at the same time as Rachel’s Valentina began her drive.
The three favored fillies were three-wide across the track at the head of the lane, with the shortened stretch run to the first wire nearly in sight. Carina Mia was the first to give way, dropping back along the inside when squeezed slightly by Rachel’s Valentina. Weep No More had begun making up ground from the back of the pack but still had not entered the viewing screen. Just as Rachel’s Valentina managed to poke her head in front of Cathryn Sophia, Weep No More appeared, and with huge strides in the center of the track swept by to win by a neck. Rachel’s Valentina may not have seen the winner coming, but gamely won second by another neck over the previously unbeaten Cathryn Sophia. Carina Mia finished fourth.
“At the top of the lane, to be honest, I didn’t think I would get up,” said Lanerie. “I was rolling, I had a lot of horse, but with the short stretch, I was hoping to be third. Then about 70 yards from the wire, I was like, ‘C’mon baby – we can get it.’ She kept running and ran a huge race. Thanks to Rusty and them for the opportunity. What a great training job. He gave me all the confidence in the world, just to ride her, let her run her race and see what happens.”
Bred in Kentucky by Hinkle Farms and Robert Kessinger, Weep No More is out of a daughter of Storm Cat. She brought $90,000 at the Keeneland September sale from Michonne Farm, then turned around to hammer for $120,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sale of 2-year-olds in training. The filly was quarantined at Payson Park in Florida earlier in the winter, so trained for two months up to the Ashland and scored in her first graded stakes appearance. Now Weep No More has put together three straight victories from four lifetime starts, and boasts career earnings of $342,000.