SARATOGA SPRINGS-- Bona Venture Stables' Summer of Fun upset a field of ten 2-year-old fillies in the sixth race today at Saratoga Race Course at odds of 11-1. Summer of Fun made her move on the far turn and moved ahead of the pace setter at the top of the stretch and held off a hard charging effort from Wave Theory to win the $85K maiden special weight at 1 1/16-miles on the Mellon Turf Course at the Spa.
Summer of Fun paid $24.80 to win, $9.10 to place and $7.10 to show and covered the distance in 1:43.86 to break his maiden in his second career race. The Include filly trained by George Weaver ran fifth on a sloppy track three weeks ago before winning today's race with jockey Eddie Castro aboard.
Bona Venture Stables' managing partner Dan Collins had some anxious moments in the stretch run, but thinks that Summer of Fun can become a special filly. "She seemed to relax a bit in the stretch. We will team him to stay aggressive," said Collins. "We will look for a stakes race that could set us up for a Breeders' Cup return, hopefully at Belmont this Fall.
Bona Venture Stables' Royal Bonnie competed in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf last fall at Churchill Downs. The 2012 Breeders' Cup will be held at Santa Anita Park in November.
-- Gene Kershner