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Birdstone filly wins $75K Tippett S. in career debut

Saturday, July 13, 2013 | Birdstone
The connections of Thank You Marylou thought highly enough of the 2-year-old Birdstone filly to start her career in Saturday's $75,000 Tippett S. at Colonial Downs, and she rewarded owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trainer Mike Maker with an impressive 3 3/4-length victory.

The bettors were also keen to back the first-time starter against her more experienced foes, sending her off the 8-5 favorite. With Alan Garcia aboard for the 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint, Thank You Marylou settled in about four lengths behind a three-way battle on the front end. Garcia crept closer around the turn, then went to the outside after setting down for the drive.

Thank You Marylou struck the front about an eighth mile from the wire, then was on cruise control in the last sixteenth to come home a dominating winner. The final time on the “good” turf course was 1:06.04.

Thank You Marylou was bred in Virginia by Mr. & Mrs. C. W. McNeely III. She is the third foal out of the stakes-winning mare Menifeeque.

The Ramseys bought Thank You Marylou as a weanling for $47,000 from the Gainesway consignment at the 2011 Keeneland November Breeding sale.

Next up for Thank You Marylou is the Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack S. going 6 1/2-fulrongs, to be run Sun., Aug. 11 at Saratoga on the main track.