Client Success: Constitution Filly Triumphs on Turf at FG


Heartyconstitution (Constitution – Distinct Sparkle, by With Distinction)

Heartyconstitution, a four-year-old filly by Constitution out of Distinct Sparkle, turned in a thrilling performance in her most recent race, an allowance race at Fair Grounds on March 15, 2023. This was her first time running on turf, and she proved that she could handle the surface, winning the race with a time of 1:48.89 over about 1 1/16 miles.


The Constitution filly, who was bred by Roberta L. Schneider MD and purchased for $200,000 by bloodstock agent Clark Shepherd (Shepherd Equine Advisers) at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October Yearling Sale, started the race from an inside position and maintained a strong pace throughout. She chased the runaway leader down the backstretch and made her move on the far turn, taking the lead in the stretch and holding off challenges from other horses to win by 1 1/4 lengths under jockey James Graham.

This victory was especially impressive considering that Heartyconstitution had not previously run on turf, and she was able to successfully transition to the new surface. Her performance demonstrated her versatility as a racehorse and suggests that she has the potential to be a competitive runner on both dirt and turf surfaces.

The Constitution filly’s successful performance in her last race is just the latest highlight in her racing career, which includes two wins, two seconds, and one third in six starts, earning a total of $142,300 in prize money. She also finished second behind multiple Grade 2 stakes winner Wicked Halo in Churchill’s Tepin S. last year, proving her ability to compete at the stakes level.

Heartyconstitution is trained by Joe Sharp and owned by Wayne Sanders and Highlander Training Center. Her dam, Distinct Sparkle, has also produced Chateau, a graded stakes winner who earned over $719,000 in prize money.

Looking ahead, The Constitution filly’s strong performances suggest that she has the potential to continue to develop into a competitive racehorse. Her versatility on different racing surfaces and her ability to handle the rigors of racing suggest that she could be a contender in stakes races in the future.

With a promising start to her racing career and the potential to continue to improve, Heartyconstitution is a filly to watch in the upcoming racing season. Her recent victory on turf was a clear demonstration of her talent and potential, and she will undoubtedly be a horse to keep an eye on in the coming months.

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