Hop on Feanny's Elle's Pegasus


March 18, 2016
Philip Feanny

PHILIP FEANNY's United States-bred ELLE's PEGASUS could make a winning debut at Caymanas Park tomorrow afternoon, taking on overnight allowance company with Winston Griffiths up in the seventh event at 1500 metres.

It is not by chance that the four-year-old filly, bred Fusaichi Pegasus-Sarita Sarita, is being stretched out in her first start on local soil.

ELLE's PEGASUS won three races on the Florida circuit as a three-year-old, trained by Jason DaCosta, champion trainer Wayne DaCosta's son. She opened her account at a mile and 40 yards at Tampa Bay Downs after starting her career in two-year-old sprints at Gulfstream.

At Tampa Bay, ELLE's PEGASUS won at a mile and 40 yards in 1:44.2 last year January, her third start as a three-year-old.

Moved to Presque Isle Downs, she won at a mile in 1:41.3 on the synthetic surface in July. She notched her third victory at Thistletown, clocking 1.12.0 on dirt last August.


Training at Caymanas Park, ELLE's PEGASUS has looked relatively comfortable with exercise gallops going back to early January. Last month, she galloped with stablemate CAMPESINO, clocking 1:01.0 in a five-furlong bullet work on the round course.

CAMPESINO used that gallop as part of his preparation for a third clash with POKER STAR, finishing third in a 1300-metre race completed in 1:18.4.

ELLE'S PEGASUS returned to the exercise track two weeks later to gallop an easy five furlong in 1:03.0 before getting her first six furlongs two Sundays ago, 1:15.2 in mud, accompanying SORRENTINO'S STAR.

With HOVER CRAFT and COMMANDING CHIEF being the two most accomplished horses she faces tomorrow, ELLE'S PEGASUS could make a winning local debut.

HOVER CRAFT will relish 1500 metres but tends to get caught too far off the pace, which rarely comes back to him. COMMANDING CHIEF struggled in his last race in which he finished fifth, heads on with third-place HOVER CRAFT, behind EDISON and SHINING LIGHT.

The distance should be no problem for ELLE'S PEGASUS. Having kept pace with CAMPESINO at exercise suggests she has some pace as well. Veteran Griffiths being aboard, back from a hiatus, clearly points to his regard for her ability.

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