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The harness escapade

April 28, 2004

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Madcap Escapade, the favorite for the Kentucky Oaks, the filly companion race to the Kentucky Derby, has some ties to harness racing. Her dam, Sassy Pants, was raced by a group that included Chicago harness racing executives Billy Johnston and Phil Langley.

Langley said the group campaigned Sassy Pants back in the days when Sportsman's Park played host to both harness racing and Thoroughbred racing. Johnston operated the harness meet there and Langley served as director of racing.

Sassy Pants was an Illinois champion as a 3 year old and made a little over $200,000 for the partnership. They then sold her for a broodmare for a price Langley remembered as "about $30,000."

Madcap Escapade is the second foal of Sassy Pants. She brought $160,000 as a yearling at the 2002 Keeneland September yearling sale. A 2-year-old filly out of Sassy Pants sold for a world record $2 million recently.
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