Heav­en­has­mynikki at best dis­tance

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Nicole Russo

Heav­en­has­mynikki made her de­but just more than a year ago at Ma­hon­ing Val­ley and re­turns to the track Satur­day hav­ing es­tab­lish­ing her­self as one of the best Ohio-bred fil­lies in train­ing. She gets the chance to make a state­ment at her pre­ferred dis­tance of six fur­longs in the $75,000 First Lady Stakes for state­bred fil­lies.

Heav­en­has­mynikki, cur­rently trained by Gary John­son for Ron Paolucci, fol­lowed her de­but win at Ma­hon­ing Val­ley in Oc­to­ber 2017 with a vic­tory against open op­tional-claim­ing com­pany at Gulf­stream Park in Jan­uary. Af­ter that, she faced some of the na­tion’s top 3-year-old fil­lies, fin­ish­ing fourth in the Grade 3 For­ward Gal, third in the Grade 2 Davona Dale, and ninth in the Ken­tucky Oaks.

Just more than a week af­ter the Oaks, she re­turned to her home state but fin­ished fifth in the Tomboy Stakes at Bel­terra Park.

Heav­en­has­mynikki was given a fresh­en­ing and came back to win an al­lowance race at This­tle­down, fol­lowed by the Di­ana Stakes. Both were at the six-fur­long dis­tance of the First Lady, at which she is un­beaten in four starts. Af­ter the Di­ana win, she stretched out to 1 1/8 miles for the Best of Ohio Distaff on Oct. 13 but fin­ished fourth.

Heav­en­has­mynikki, who is 2-1 on the morn­ing line, drew post 6 in the field of seven un­der Luis Colon. Her main com­pe­ti­tion fig­ures to come from in­side, as Magna Rose drew the rail at 8-5 and Tango Run is next door at 5-2.

Magna Rose, trained by Bren­dan Walsh, won the Queen City Oaks by 6 3/4 lengths in July in her stakes de­but. She most re­cently wired a six-fur­long al­lowance at Bel­terra Park by 19 lengths, earn­ing a Beyer Speed Fig­ure of 80 – the sec­ond-best num­ber in this field, be­hind Heav­en­has­mynikki’s 85 in the Di­ana

Tango Run, a three-time stakes win­ner for Wil­liam Cowans, is com­ing off a fourlength al­lowance win at This­tle­down.

Break­ing from the out­side post in her stakes de­but is the speedy Dancin’ Rosie, who has won her two starts by a com­bined 18 1/4 lengths.

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