Sweet Lulu continued her ascent to the top of the filly sprint division with an ultra-game victory in the $500,000 Test S. (G1) Saturday at Saratoga (VIDEO
). The 3-year-old daughter of Mr. Greeley is undefeated in four starts after capturing her first graded stakes in her first career added-money start.
Gainesway bred, consigned and sold Sweet Lulu at the 2011 Keeneland September Yearling sale, where she was bought by her trainer Jerry Hollendorfer with a final hammer price of $270,000.
In the upcoming Keeneland September Yearling sale, Gainesway will offer Sweet Lulu's half-brother, a colt by Gainesway sire Tapit, as hip No. 515 during session 3 of the auction. In addition, Gainesway also has hip No. 917, a filly by Lookin at Lucky out of Heckuva Hunter, who is a half-sister to Sweet Lulu's dam.
Hollendorfter brought Sweet Lulu to New York from her southern California base, where she had flashed her talent in a maiden and pair of allowance victories.
Making her first start on the dirt in the seven furlong Test, Sweet Lulu contested the lead the entire trip, taking on all challengers to prevail by a head in 1:23.45 on a fast track.
"I was a little concerned when she got headed, and then Julien rode hard and she came back, fought back and won," Hollendorfer said. "She's done everything we've asked her to do. I didn't know if I should ship her this soon and come back here and try this, but she was doing so well and showing speed, and this is a grade I and a very important race for pedigree, so we decided to try it."
Hollendorfer said the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) is a possibility.
"I think we would look at something like that," he said of the Breeders' Cup in November at Santa Anita.. "I didn't make any other long-term plans. This was my point race; my owner agreed to it, and here we are."
Sweet Lulu is owned by Steve Beneto. With Saturday's $300,000 payday, she has now earned $411,600. The chestnut filly is out of Successful Outlook, winner of the Grade 3 Tempted S.