Teen Pauline, a 2-year-old Stonestreet Stables filly, set a new track record at Saratoga on Wednesday for trainer Steve Asmussen.
The daughter of Tapit blitzed five furlongs in :56.53 under Julien Leparoux in smashing career debut. The filly is named after owner Barbara Banke’s 84-year-old older mother Pauline.
“She’s good enough to be named for her mother, so I think that definitely indicates their expectations of her,” said Asmussen. “She came up from Churchill, had a very easy move over at Oklahoma and two easy breezes after that, and I thought she was spot-on and the timing [of this race] would be perfect for her. We just want this to be the first step in a very successful career.”
Stonestreet purchased Teen Pauline in utero when they bought her dam, Effectual, in foal to Tapit for $475,000 at the 2009 Keeneland November sale. Effectual won the Grade 3 Debutante at Churchill Downs as a juvenile and has one other foal of racing age, No La Hace, who has four wins in five starts, all in claiming races.
Teen Pauline was the second Stonestreet youngster to break her maiden in impressive fashion at Saratoga in recent days. Kauai Katie won her career debut by 12 lengths for trainer Todd Pletcher.
Teen Pauline/NYRA photo