FRANKLIN, Tenn.--Michael Dickinson saddled George Strawbridge's Augustin Stables' homebred Theodora B to win the TVG Stakes at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 16., beating odds-on favorite Mrs. Sippy, trained by Graham Motion by 3/4 length.
"It was a great win,"said Dickinson. "We knew going into the race that Mrs. Sippy is a very good horse. But Theodora B is mentally and physically improved as she gets older."
"The Strawbridges keep their horses in Pennsylvania in the winter and turn them out in a 100 acre field with 10 other horses," said Dickinson. "They come back bigger and stronger."
"I called Mr. Strawbridge after the race," said Dickinson. "I said,`You know there is a lot of pressure training for Augustin. After Augustin won the breeder's Eclipse last year, if you don't win with one of Augustin's horses, it has to be the trainer's fault.'"
"I told him that I was kidding, that the real pressure in not training for Augustin," said Dickinson.
HE SAID that he was looking a the E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine as the next race for Theodora B.
"I'll talk to Mr. Strawbridge about the Breeders' Cup, but Theodora B likes a firm going," said Dickinson. "The track at Keeneland will be pretty cut up by then, and it has tight turns. Theodora B is a big striding mare. I don't think that track would suit her."
Theodora B has now won three of her four races this year and a record of six wins, six seconds and three thirds from 18 starts and earnings of $647,911.
MOTION also saddled 2019 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filly Turf winner Sharing to win the G3 Edgewood Stakes for 30year-old fillies on the turf at Churchill Downs on Sept. 4, winning by 1 1/4 lengths.
RICKY HENDRIKS saddled two winners for Debra Kachel, Sandy Lane Kitten in a $22,800, 1 mile Allowance turf race at Mountaineer on Sept. 16 and Epic in a $20,000, 1 mile and 70 yard Claiming turf race at Parx on Sept. 9.
BERNIE HOUGHTON had a winner for Sandra Kim Eshelman, Brave Deacon, in a $14,400, 1 mile and 79 yards Claiming race at Penn National on Sept. 11.
MICHAEL MATZ saddled Caroline Forgason's Miss Marley to win a $41,200, 6 furlong maiden Special Weight for 2-year-old fillies at Laurel on Sept. 5, and JONATHAN SHEPPARD's homebred Bet the Pot won a $32,000, 1 mile and 70 yards Allowance race at Presque Isle on Sept. 1.