July 20, 2018 – Trainer Chad Brown wasted little time finding the Saratoga winner’s on opening day. The perennial leading conditioner sent out the promising juvenile Drynachan (pictured above as a yearling) to capture the second race of the meet, a grassy 5 1/2 furlong Maiden Special.
A two-year-old daughter of City Zip, Drynachan races in the colors of Wise Racing, who purchased the filly for $130,000 from South Point Sales nearly a year ago at the Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Preferred auction. The $130,00 final bid made her the third highest-priced yearling filly by City Zip in 2017.
Drynachan showed a steady worktab at Saratoga dating back to early May and finalized her preparations for this career debut with a four-furlong gate breeze over the main track here July 16. Tabbed as the 2-1 favorite in her debut, the chestnut settled racing in mid pack in the two path behind a quarter-mile in :22.16. She gathered momentum turning for home and still had significant work left to do once straightened out for the drive. Jockey Javier Castellano kept after her in the final furlong and Drynachan responded with a final burst to win going away under hand urging, crossing the wire two lengths clear of fellow first-timer Shady Shady Shady.
Drynachan is the 45th South Point Sales grad to find the winner’s circle in 2018 and the fourth 2018 juvenile winner since early June. Among the others are the Shannondoe Farm-breds Subsidiary, Bourbon ‘n Ditch and Honcho.
-portions from http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com, photo by ThoroStride