A 2-year-old filly trained by Doug O’Neill, R Sunday Surprise is a full sister to Horse of the Year, Kentucky Derby winner and Dubai World Cup winner California Chrome. With lofty expectations on the line, the filly is set to make her first start Thursday at Santa Anita.
“All her works have been real willing,” O’Neill told the Daily Racing Form. “We haven’t seen her get tired yet in any of her works. I don’t know if she’ll win first time out. She looks like a filly that, as the races go on and she gets experience, we’re going to have a lot of fun with.”
R Sunday Surprise will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano in the maiden special weight event. Her most recent workout was a three-furlong move from the gates in :36.20.
The filly is by Lucky Pulpit and out of Love the Chase, by Not For Love. She was bred by Perry Martin and Steve Coburn, who have dissolved their partnership. She is still owned by a group that includes Coburn.
A third full sibling is Hope’s Love, a 3-year-old filly trained by Steve Sherman and owned exclusively by Perry Martin. While second in her first career start, Hope’s Love has been unplaced in four starts so far this year.
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