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Sunshine sale not done yet

June 24, 2004

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Sidney Korn, who along with Alvin Jacobson owns Elegantimage winner Mystical Sunshine, has confirmed that an agreement in principle has been reached with Swedish interests for the purchase of a share of the 3-year-old Yankee Glide filly. Jacobson also told The Horseman that the sale is not yet final, that negotiations are still ongoing.

Korn said the Swedes have shown interest in the filly since he and Jacobsen bought Mystical Sunshine at the Harrisburg mixed sale last fall. "They've been calling us for several months now," Korn told The Horseman. "They said they were interested in her at Harrisburg. I'm not sure whether we just outbid them or they had some kind of trouble with their telephone and were unable to bid."

Jacobson added that the filly will remain in the U.S. for the remainder of the 2004 season and in the stable of trainer Chris Ryder. Her schedule beyond that is still part of the negotiations, Jacobson said.

Bred by Kentuckiana Farms (her original name was Seeking A Dream), Mystical Sunshine was raced for seven of her 10 starts as a freshman by Jack and Peggy Hood and Dennis Lakomy. Then the filly was entered in the Harrisburg mixed sale as part of trainer Ervin Miller and partners annual racehorse reduction.

"I never heard of her until we got to Harrisburg," said Ryder. "The owner had a list of horses he wanted to look at and we looked at her and she looked pretty decent. Her lines did show (1):57 as a 2 year old, so that was easy to like. To me that's very respectable for a 2 year old filly."

Jacobson signed the ticket for $45,000 and turned her over to Ryder. "Got her home and she trots. Not much to tell you," Ryder said. "We put her in the Breeders Crown (finished fourth in elim) but she didn't make the final. We raced her three times once we got her home and she just lacked a little punch on the end of the mile. But I kind of forgave her for that. Over the winter she had six or seven weeks out in the field and just came back strong."

When training started this spring Ryder did little to change her set up. "She had a little bit of a big knee when we bought her," he explained. "She does wear a pair of knee boots, but she hardly touches them. She's just made a big improvement from two to three. She's mature, very nice now. She looks good, she's eating good. She doesn't take a lot of work, which is going to help her."

Ryder says there's nothing complicated about this filly. "She's very straight forward," he points out. "She's just a good filly. She doesn't have any problems, no quirks. She's just a nice good feeling filly, trots clean and sound; is just going forward. We're really happy with her.

The Mystical Sunshine connections went into the Elegantimage final with confidence in their filly, despite the undefeated record of Zorgwijk Emani. "We thought we could beat her," Ryder said. "Our filly went down the road and did the job."

Mystical Sunshine's immediate schedule includes the Delvin Miller and then the Hambletonian Oaks, both at the Meadowlands.
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