Sacred Wish surged to the front inside the final furlong of the $135,000 Winter Memories S. to win the one-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies on Sept. 15 at Aqueduct.
The daughter of Not This Time is the ninth stakes winner this year for her sire, who leads the Fourth-Crop list with $8.8 million in progeny earnings.
Sacred Wish, who was second in this year’s Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) in July, was unhurried early and was fifth along the rail after a half-mile in :48.04. She began to accelerate three furlongs from the wire, coming off the fence to start her stretch run. She caught Silver Skillet outside the sixteenth pole and drew clear to win by 1 ¼-lengths in 1:35.46 on a firm turf course.
“Perfect trip,” said winning jockey John Velazquez. “She broke well and got behind the leaders in there. I bided my time and followed Joel Rosario’s horse [Silver Skillet], which was one of the horses to beat. She gave me a great trip.”
The winner is owned by Black Type Thoroughbreds, Swinkbank Stables, Steve Adkisson and Chris Dunn and was bred in Kentucky by John Penn. Friday’s win upped her record to 2-3-1 in eight starts and earnings to $293,350.
Pedigree Notes from the TDN
The 28th stakes winner for Not This Time, Sacred Wish is out of Indian Wish, who is a half-sister to GSW Mint Lane and to GISP Sister Girl Blues, the dam of GSW and GI Kentucky Derby runner-up Firing Line. Another half-sister, So Sharp, produced GISW sire Sharp Azteca, while the unraced Remembered dropped MGISW turfer Bowies Hero.