Client Success: Runhappy Filly Proves Best on Debut at CD



NEUTRALIZE (f, 2, Runhappy – Spank, by Blame)

NEUTRALIZE (f, 2, Runhappy – Spank, by Blame), with odds of 41-1 for her maiden voyage, ran next to Malibu Toast (Tapwrit) on the front end from the first furlong. The first quarter was over in 21.81 seconds, and Mighty Madison (Nyquist) joined them just after the quarter pole. Four horses were running side by side at the top of the lane. Neutralize (Runhappy) steadily dug in until the end, holding off three other horses to win by a half-length under jockey Julien Leparoux.

Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $69,000. Owner – Highlander Training Center; Breeder – Wedgewood Farm; Trainer – Albert M. Stall, Jr.

Neutralize’s dam, Spank, has produced a yearling colt by Demarchelier (GB) and a weanling colt by War of Will. Also, Spank is a half-sister to MGSW Just Jenda (Menifee). In 2023, she went back to Runhappy in the hopes of a full-sibling to Neutralize.

Neutralize was acquired for $260,000 by Clark Shepherd (Shepherd Equine Advisers), bloodstock agent for owner Highlander Training Center (Larry Hirsch) at the 2021 Keeneland September Yearling Sale from the consignment of Claiborn Farm.



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2 thoughts on “Client Success: Runhappy Filly Proves Best on Debut at CD

  1. Clark you have been on my Likedin for couple years, I too am Christian
    ..I am fascinated at your horse sense! ..I am retired & not wealthy..I live adjacent to Ramspring farm , breeders.. Frankfort .. the younger boys of Clay Patrick owner Cooper & Carson …Cooper will run farm. 18yr old twins
    I love horses. I would like to see them succeed.. they need some good breeding stock @ bargain &
    . I may give them your name if that be ok? They will be at our family Christmas meal phone is +18592276668 & I filled in my email
    Thank you , God Bless you Richly
    Merry Christmas , Larry Newsome

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