Former top South African racemare Do You Remember made news in North America on Monday when her two-year-old daughter Burning Ambition got off the mark at Indiana Grand.
A daughter of Uncle Mo, Burning Ambition had finished a strong second on debut and duly went one better in Monday’s one mile race.
The filly was was hammered down to 2-5 to go one better in this off-the-turf spot. Breaking alertly from the rail while bobbling just a bit, the homebred dueled with a longshot through splits of :24.05 and :48.33, went on with it midway around the far turn and hooked up with Battle Bling at the top of the lane. Those two threw down the rest of the way, with Battle Bling poking a nose in front on several occasions, but the favorite dug in bravely to repel her foe by a determined neck on the wire.
Burning Ambition is the first foal for her G1 winning dam, who has a American Pharoah yearling colt (pictured below as a foal) with Do You Remember bred to the late Arrogate earlier this year.
A daughter of Silvano, the Geoff Woodruff trained Do You Remember won 3, and placed in a further seven, of her 13 starts in South Africa before being sent to Australia.
She claimed her biggest win when victorious in the 2013 G1 Woolavington 2000, with Do You Remember having preceded that win with runner up finishes, to Cherry On The Top, in each of the three legs of the 2013 South African Triple Tiara.
Do You Remember, who earned over R1.4 million in stakes, was produced by top-racemare Festive Occasion -South Africa’s Champion Female Stayer of 2007.