TDN Kentucky Oaks Contenders

Donna Veloce

5) DONNA VELOCE (f, Uncle Mo–Coin Broker {Ire}, by Montjeu {Ire})
‘TDN Rising Star’ O-Kaleem Shah, Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith. B-Coin Broker Syndicate (Ky). T-Simon Callaghan. Sales History: $450,000 yrl ’18 KEESEP; $800,000 2yo ’19 FTFMAR. Lifetime Record: MGISP, 3-1-2-0, $430,000.
Last Start: 2nd GI Starlet S., SA, Dec. 7.
Accomplishments Include: 2nd GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies
Next Start: GIII Santa Ysabel S., SA, Mar. 8
Equineline PPs. KY Oaks Points: 12.

She wasn’t good enough to beat British Idiom in the Juvenile Fillies or Bast in the GI Starlet S., but she came close both times, losing the Breeders’ Cup by a neck and the Starlet by a half-length. She need only improve a little bit in order to find her way to the winner’s circle against the best of her division.

An $800,000 purchase at Fasig-Tipton’s Florida Select 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, she had had only one start, at 6 1/2 furlongs, before trainer Simon Callaghan tried her in the Breeders’ Cup. Considering her inexperience and that she had only sprinted, it was an impressive showing and indicated that she should improve as she gains experience.

Trainer Simon Callaghan is taking his time with this filly as she won’t make her 3-year-old debut until March and, through Feb. 14, had only two published workouts. The most recent was a four furlong work in :49 2/5 at Los Alamitos.

Like Bast, she is by Uncle Mo, also a Coolmore sire.


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