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Saturday, December 01, 2012 |
Cor Cor held on gamely to win the $75,000 Sandpiper S by a half-length in 1:10.02, .31 seconds faster than the previous mark. Cor Cor is Smoke Glacken's eighth stakes winner this year, a list that is topped by Grade 2 winners Smokey Fire (Highlander S. at Woodbine) and On Fire Baby (Honeybee S. at Oaklawn Park).
Owned by Steve Ballou, Harriet Waldron, Bob Ross and Ron Ballou, and trainer Joan Scott, 2-year-old Cor Cor set quick fractions of 21.95 for the quarter-mile and 44.40 for the half under jockey Scott Spieth. Up by a length and a half at the top of the lane, Cor Cor had to hold off the closing Vitameta in deep stretch, digging in to win by a half-length on the fast track.
“She could be any kind of good,” Spieth said. “She is so fast getting out of the gate and wants to run, not crazy fast but kind of controlled fast.
“I had to take hold of her in the turn when she was wanting to change leads, but she settled again and I knew she would have another run when I asked. When they came to her late, I didn’t have to do much – she wasn’t going to let them by.”
Bred in Florida by Francis Vanlangendonck and Barbara Vanlangendonck, Cor Cor has proved to be an auction bargain, bringing $42,000 in Ocala as a 2-year-old in June.
The daughter of Babe’s Flair, by Capote, was picked out by Ballou’s 13-year-old daughter, Danielle, and named after his 16-year-old daughter Corri. Bloodstock agent Marette Farrell approved of Danielle’s choice and Cor Cor was sent to Scott, who saddled her for her first win in her first outing at Keeneland on Oct. 11. With the Sandpiper win, Cor Cor is now 2-for-2 and has earned $70,800.