Bred by Paul and Carol King, loyal clients of Chris and Kathie Bakker’s Lauriston Park, Lady Horseowner showed that size (or price) doesn’t matter in a tough fighting win at Moonee Valley under lights.
Utilising her early speed to take up a forward position, the Greg Eurell trained 2YO debutant Lady Horseowner (Equiano) was challenged by favourite Al Naifa, but fought back hard in the final stages.
Lauriston Park’s Chris Bakker was thrilled to see her get up and believes there are big things ahead for the petite filly.
“She is a little toughie, and it’s not the size of the dog in the fight it’s the size of the fight in the dog. That just sums her up perfectly,” Bakker said.
“Paul and Carol were pretty much my first clients. They have three or four quality broodmares on our farm at Creightons Creek, near Euroa and some nice young horses that are shaping up well.
“They race a few including Raindrops on Roses, and Dusty Jack, both graduates of Lauriston Park, so they are enjoying a nice little ride at the moment.”
“We knew she had ability and the right constitution and temperament to handle racing young. We set her up and broke her in early, so she could make the most of her natural advantage, with her compact build.”
If you had gone to find this little pocket rocket filly at the yearling sales earlier this year, you would have been disappointed. That is unlike Al Naifa who she beat on Friday night. That filly was a $1.8 million yearling at this year’s Inglis Easter being a half-sister to Group 1 winner English.
“We couldn’t even get her in a sale, she was a little plain filly that no one thought anything of so you can’t help but get great satisfaction when you get that result on the track against such a high priced yearling.
“This result goes to show that if you treat them right and manage them correctly, little horses can get up and beat the expensive well-bred yearlings…that’s the dream, and it’s good for the industry.”
Lady Horseowner, is out of the Fastnet Rock mare Kid Gloves. She now has a couple of lovely Toronado fillies on the ground – a yearling and a foal. She wasn’t covered this season with her breeders giving her a year off.
“The Toronado yearling may go to the (Inglis) VOBIS Gold Sale, but Paul loves to race, so unless there is very good money on offer, he will probably keep her, especially if Lady Horseowner continues to win,” Bakker said.
Lady Horseowner will have a little spell now, and be aimed at the Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude on her way to a possible Blue Diamond start.
And the name Lady Horseowner?
Good friends of Paul and Carol used to call and instead of asking how Carol was, they would say, “How’s Lady Horseowner?”
With Paul’s sense of humor, he sent the name in without telling anyone and the rest is history.