Client Success: Strikingly Spun Shines at Churchill Downs


Strikingly Spun has been making waves in the world of horse racing with her impressive performances. Trained by Joe Sharp and ridden by Luis Saez, she has already shown great potential in her racing career.


Owned by Highlander Training Center, Strikingly Spun has captured attention with her remarkable racing abilities. Her journey in the sport began with an auction purchase at the 2022 OBS March Sale. Clark Shepherd of Shepherd Equine Advisers acquired her on behalf of Highlander Training Center, recognizing her potential as a competitive racehorse.

With a strong pedigree, Strikingly Spun is the daughter of Hard Spun and Smart Ashley, a daughter of Smart Strike. Her breeding suggests a lineage of talented runners, further adding to her appeal as a racehorse.

In her most recent race at Churchill Downs, Strikingly Spun competed in a highly competitive allowance race. Breaking alertly from the gate, she settled off the pace before making a powerful move approaching the far turn. Under the guidance of jockey Luis Saez, she showcased her tactical awareness and racing acumen.

With an impressive burst of speed in the stretch, Strikingly Spun emerged victorious, crossing the finish line with a margin of 3/4 length. Her win highlighted her exceptional talent and demonstrated her ability to perform at a high level.

Trained by Joe Sharp, Strikingly Spun has benefited from the expertise and guidance of her trainer. Sharp’s skillful handling has allowed her to flourish and consistently deliver strong performances on the track.

Strikingly Spun’s successes have solidified her standing as a promising racehorse. With a career earnings of $133,175, she has already made a significant impact in her racing career.

As Strikingly Spun continues her racing journey, fans and enthusiasts can appreciate her accomplishments and eagerly anticipate her future races. Her story is one of determination and talent, and her performances on the track are a testament to her abilities.

Strikingly Spun’s presence on the racing scene adds excitement and intrigue to the sport. With each stride she takes on the track, she showcases her athleticism and determination to succeed.

Follow Strikingly Spun’s racing career as she continues to make her mark in the world of horse racing. Her performances will undoubtedly continue to captivate and inspire racing enthusiasts, as she leaves a lasting impression with her talent and determination.

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