06/21/2012 4:07PM

Monmouth Park: Destiny's Child wants pace to chase in Boiling Springs Stakes

Tom Keyser
Somali Lemonade will try to rebound in the Grade 3 Boiling Springs Stakes at Monmouth Park.

OCEANPORT, N.J. – The German-bred Destiny’s Child had shipping issues on the way to her U.S. debut Saturday in the Grade 3, $100,000 Boiling Springs Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the turf at Monmouth Park.

She spiked a temperature on arrival last weekend at the quarantine station in Newburgh, N.Y.

“She had a temperature of 102 or 103,” said Barry Irwin, head of the Team Valor International ownership group. “It’s the first horse we’ve shipped since the early ’90s that arrived with a temperature like that.”

Destiny’s Child quickly bounced back and was vanned down to Monmouth after the 48-hour quarantine period.

“She got over it in a day,” Irwin said. “If it wasn’t for that, I would feel a lot better about her chances. She’s starting to drink a little water.”

The daughter of Soldier Hollow adds an international flavor to the 1 1/16-mile contest.

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Destiny’s Child started racing in Ireland, getting her maiden win over the synthetic track at Dundalk in her third try back in February. That was the effort that caught Irwin’s eye.

“She put in a tremendous run just to catch up,” Irwin said. “I just thought going farther than that on turf, with her pedigree, she had room to improve. She’s not very big. As she matures, I think she’ll be a pretty nice horse.”

After the purchase by Team Valor, Destiny’s Child made three starts in Germany that produced a trio of fourth-place finishes and convinced Irwin that a change in venue was in order.

“The main reason we brought her here is that she’s a little on the headstrong side,” Irwin said. “She needs some pace to run at, and she wasn’t getting it over there. She ran against good company, some of the best milers over there. She was her own worst enemy because she was rank and wasted most of her energy early in the race.”

Irwin hopes American-style racing, and the addition of blinkers, will help her relax.

Somali Lemonade will look to rebound after bobbling at the start of Grade 2 Sands Point at Belmont Park and running fourth as the 4-5 favorite. Zultanite was third in the Sands Point, beaten only a neck at 23-1.

The field also includes the first four finishers from Monmouth’s Boiling Springs prep, the Little Silver Stakes: Dancing Solo, Glamour N Glory, Senator Beck, and Cheimon.

Hearts of Red and Zucchini Flower complete the field.

Keith Kohler More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
thumbs up to barry irwin & team. imo they are headed in the right direction, to IMPROVE their breeding stock& the breed in general. irwin has what it takes to do it. thats money. the throughbred industry needs to follow suit. by buying mares abroad& bring them here to breed to our inbred breeding stock, is the proper way to bring back some of the older redeeming quailitys of the days gone by. these mares from abroad are a little different species than our mares here. thus createing an "outcross'. it has been proven in muliptul species, that an outcross works works better when applied thru the female line. the jockey club has been a closed gene pool, for much too long. new genetics need to be applied every time its possible. after having said all that. i dont see that the breed has been damaged ,beyond repair. all sucessiful breeding programs( of all species) are based around "hybrid vigor". which is created by crossing an animal that the product of similar genetics, with one of a complete different blood lines. this method has been practiced since the 50s. and has been proven effective in every species from horses to cattle .meat rabbits, goats, fighting roosters. i feel like we have some fallacys in the breed, but it is for from being out of control. look at the other breeds 1/4 horses ,apps & arabians all have practiced this method .each time there is a need they go get a tb stud to give it some outside blood. imo the faults in the tb race horse industry is due to training & race methods. the trainers are afraid to train as hard as we did 10 years ago. simply because they are afraid of breaking something down & being scrutinized by the unknowing racing public. enough said . "an ole railbird"
Douglas Rutherford More than 1 year ago
TODAYS BEST BET : 2 Glamour n Glory : Team Valor are in hopes of turning things around rather fast in todays Boiling Springs Stakes . . . . I see Destinys Child running a very game race . What I really see in this event is Glamour n Glory hanging much further back , waiting much longer than the norm , and wait quietly till the last 100 yards . I truly believe this race sets up PERFECT for this kind of Win ! WINS DRAWING CLEAR ( Superfecta ) 2 / 4 / all / all ( Superfecta ) 2 / all / 4 / all ( Superfecta ) 2 / 4 / all / 8 ( Superfecta ) 2 / all / 4 / 8 ( Superfecta ) 2 / all / all / all ( $1000 WIN ) ( $4000 PLACE ) Good Luck ! Remember Friends ( 10 c Superfecta ) if tat is what looks appealing to you would be a very generous wager costing only * roughly $45 * by playing all of the Superfectas as mentioned above . And to cover your wager , you could play like a * $10 Win * and * $45 Place * ................ a total of $100 on this race ! LOOKS SOLID " in my opinion"