08/28/2009 11:00PM

Nadeshiko has connections thinking big


Nadeshiko looks like a female sprinter on the rise. She picked up her first stakes win last weekend in the $100,000 Remington Park Filly and Mare Sprint, and could be headed next for graded company. Trainer Greg Foley is just starting to look over the sprint options available to Nadeshiko, who is back at Churchill Downs following her successful Remington invasion Aug. 22.

"She's sure gotten good here lately," Foley said. "She kind of had a rough trip in that race and was good enough to overcome it and win."

Nadeshiko broke a step slowly at Remington, was forced to steady on the turn, then came through a tight spot at the quarter pole. When clear she sprinted home, winning by a length and covering six furlongs in a sharp 1:09.23.

Nadeshiko came into the race off a pair of troubled runner-up finishes in sprint stakes at Mountaineer and Prairie Meadows. She is now under consideration for the Grade 3, $400,000 Masters for fillies and mares at 6 1/2 furlongs at Presque Isle Downs on Sept. 12.

"She's nominated," said Foley, who trains Nadeshiko for Larry Richardson. "I don't know if we'll run her. If not, we'll probably pick something out at Keeneland since we're home. There's no definite plans on her."

Foley, a veteran trainer who is based in Kentucky, said Nadeshiko was his first starter at Remington. The filly is a 4-year-old daughter of Honour and Glory and a full sister to Battle Won, a Grade 2-winning sprinter who earned $820,956.

Gross up, average down at sale

Carter Sales Company has released the final numbers for its third annual Oklahoma City summer yearling sale, which was held at the state fairgrounds Aug. 24. A total of 57 horses sold for $420,700, for an average of $7,381. At the corresponding sale a year ago, 41 yearlings sold for $328,400, for an average of $8,010. There were 107 horses on offer this year, and 68 in 2008.

Gross receipts at the sale increased 28 percent from a year ago, but the average dropped 8 percent.

"We offered more horses and had an increase in buybacks," sales manager Terri Carter, "but we tripled the number of buyers at the sale and we held our own in a very tough economy."

The sales topper was an Oklahoma-bred colt by Alphabet Soup who sold for $33,000.

Murphy back in action

Jockey Glen Murphy, who has been sidelined since July with injuries sustained in a spill at Lone Star Park, made his comeback in Friday night's seventh race and finished second aboard Sushi Joe. Murphy broke his left elbow and right index finger on July 12, when he was thrown from a mount who broke down. At the time, Murphy was the fifth-leading rider at Lone Star.

* Remington will race Mondays every week for the remainder of the meet, with a standard first post of 6:30 p.m. Central. The lone exception will be Labor Day, Sept. 7, when first post will be 1:30 p.m. Remington races through Dec. 14.

* Grade 2 Cornhusker winner Jonesboro breezed five furlongs at his Remington base on Friday morning. He covered the distance in 1:01.53 on a track rated good. Jonesboro is prepping for the track's $150,000 Governor's Cup on Sept. 7.