Four Star Grad Go Noni Go Wins GIII Bourbonette S
Reprinted from TDN
Go Noni Go, trying synthetics for the first time in her career, earned her first stakes win in Saturday’s GIII Bourbonette S. at Turfway Park. The dark bay filly angled in from her outside post and settled at the back of the field early. She began picking off rivals down the backstretch and charged into contention nearing the stretch, surging past In the Mood with a furlong to run en route to a confident tally.
Go Noni Go graduated over the Ellis Park lawn last July 9 for owner Kathy Wallace and trainer Michael Sullivan and went through the sales ring at Fasig-Tipton the very next day. She was acquired by Three Diamonds Farm for $100,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Summer Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale. The filly was third in the Sept. 6 Exacta Systems Juvenile Fillies S. at Kentucky Downs in her first start for Three Diamonds and trainer Mike Maker. After finishing eighth in the Nov. 4 Chelsey Flower S., she was second in an Aqueduct optional claimer Nov. 25 and concluded her juvenile campaign with a six-length tally in a Dec. 24 optional claimer at Gulfstream. In her only previous start this term, Go Noni Go tired to fifth in the Feb. 3 GIII Sweetest Chant
She ran a great race last time out at Gulfstream Park, that stakes race [the Sweetest Chant], but she was in a little bit over her head, conditioner Mike Maker said. We flirted with the idea of running her on dirt, but decided to try the Polytrack. And now she’s a stakes winner! She’s a very slight filly, she struggles with keeping weight on, but she’s easy to train.
Go Noni Go is the second graded stakes winner for three-time Grade I winner Get Stormy, who has three crops to race. The stallion was represented by last year’s GIII Florida Oaks winner Fifty Five. Breeder David Hager purchased the winner=s dam, Lady Larkspur, for $1,500 at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton February sale. A half-sister to the dam of graded stakes winner Wayzata Bay (Roar) and from the family of multiple graded stakes winner Euchre (Personal Flag), Lady Larkspur produced a filly by Country Day in 2017.