01/01/20 | New Orleans, LA – Dare To Dream Stable’s 4 yr old filly Wings Of Fury rang in the New Year with an impressive gate to wire score in breaking her maiden in her fifth career start in this one mile turf event at The Fairgrounds. Wings Of Fury was coming off a terrific second place finish in her previous start which was her first turf try. She sat right off the pace in that race, made a move around the 2nd turn to take an advantage into the stretch only to be caught in the final 100 yards to finish second. This time under the guidance of jockey Mitchell Murrill, the dark bay daughter of Istan was sent out from the get go to set the pace. While on the lead, Wings was hounded by Priceless Nellie and jockey Eddie Martin from the start never letting Wings Of Fury get too much of an advantage. While traveling on the backside, Murrill was never able to get separation from his foe and after six furlongs which was timed at 1:14.80 Wings only had a half length lead. As they turned for home in what seemed like a match race, Murrill asked Wings for everything she had and Wings Of Fury responded with all she had. Priceless Nellie would not give in, but Wings dug in with all she had and prevailed under strong urging by Murrill to keep her rival at bay to cross the wire 1/2 length in front and secure her first career victory. Wings Of Fury now has a win and a second in her five career starts. It looks like she has found a home on the sod, so we’ll be looking for her to have a strong four year old season.
Congratulations to all our Dare To Dream Stable Partners who had been looking for this type of breakthrough performance. It was a fantastic training job by Michael Stidham, Hilary Pridham, and the entire team reversing Wing’s form by moving her to the turf. Finally, kudos to jockey Mitchell Murrill who did a fantastic job guiding Wings Of Fury on the front end and never letting that rival pass.