WAR FRONT’s Safeen became her sire’s 112th stakes winner on Wednesday with a determined victory in the Horseshoe Indianapolis Handicap.
Safeen was happy to be the middle marker in the one-mile dirt race as she raced next to another horse with half of the field in front of her down the backstretch. Luis Saez let the 3-year-old cruise at her own pace a few lengths off the rail before starting to ask her for more around the turn.
Safeen entered the stretch in third a few lengths behind the leaders but didn’t take over the lead until she was inside the final sixteenth with a half length between her and the next horse at the line.
Trained by Eddie Kenneally, Safeen has now finished in the top three in all five of her starts with $171,375 in earnings. Sold at the Keeneland January Sale, the Shadwell Farm-bred races for Fergus Galvin and Rebecca Hillen.
Safeen is one of four winners from six to race out of a three-quarters sister to Grade 1 winner Riskaverse. Among the filly’s siblings are two-time Group 3 fourth place finisher Tamleek with their grandam Cozzy Corner winning a Grade 3 during her own racing career. This filly’s third dam is the successful broodmare The Bink, who is also the granddam of WAR FRONT’s Grade 1 winner Fog of War and his stakes winners Naval Intelligence and Invader.
This page also includes Horse of the Year Havre de Grace and four-time Grade 1 winner Tonalist among others.