Kaleem Shah’s Madone split horses at the head of the stretch and went on gamely under Flavien Prat to capture the $83,500 Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes Sept. 6 by a half-length.
Madone, trained by Simon Callaghan, stumbled at the break and broke in, then rallied from ninth off quarter-mile fractions of :24.03, :50.53, and 1:15.38. The Vancouver filly finished the mile on firm Del Mar turf in 1:39.09.
The victory gave Prat a record 14th stakes win of the meeting. Rafael Bejarano had the previous record with 13 victories in 2012.
Madone paid $5.20, $3.00, and $2.40 as the favorite and earned $48,300 for her second victory in two starts. She has winnings of $81,300.
Madone sold three times at auction. Consigned by Shawhan Place as a weanling to the 2018 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, she was first purchased for $70,000 by Nicoma Bloodstock, agent. S. R. Schwartz, agent, then went to $50,000 to buy her out of the Mill Ridge Sales consignment at the 2019 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. At this year’s Ocala Breeders’ Sale March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training, Shah, with Ben McElroy as agent, purchased the filly for $125,000 from the Kirkwood Stables consignment.
Bred in Kentucky by Glendalough, Madone is the sixth foal out of the Cherokee Run mare Indian Love Call, who has produced five winners. Indian Love Call has a yearling filly by Astern and a Cairo Prince colt born in April. She was bred to Gormley for 2021.