April 2016 Issue - page 11

PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
April 2016
Page 11
By Kimberly French
As she prepared to round the
final turn at Woodbine Raceway
in her $20,000 elimination for
the Breeders Crown 2-year-old
filly trot final, Broadway Donna
appeared to be on cruise control,
poised to remain a perfect 10 for
10 in her young career. In the
blink of an eye, however, those in
attendance and those witnessing
the event online collectively let
out a gasp as the unimaginable
occurred and this very consistent
filly broke stride. After her Hall
of Fame pilot, David Miller,
righted the ship, Broadway Don-
na hit the wire seventh and failed
to make the field for her respec-
tive year end championship race.
Despite this costly error
at an inopportune moment, the
filly with a record of 10-9-0-
0 and a bankroll of $531,286
was crowned as the best in her
division, honored with a Dan
Patch award by the United States
Harness Writer’s Association in
December. Her connections feel
it may be the first of many.
“She was having trouble
getting around the turns,” said
Jim Campbell, her conditioner.
“She was trying to get through
the last one and could not over-
come it. It was not the best time
for it to happen of course, but it’s
not the end of the world and she
had a legitimate reason for it. It
did not break our faith in her for
one minute and we are very, very
excited to bring her back this
year. She is a huge talent and has
so much potential.”
A glimpse at her family tree
makes it is obvious why expec-
tations always were astronomical
for this filly. Bred and owned by
Fashion Farms of New Hope, PA,
Broadway Donna is a daughter of
Donato Hanover and Broadway
Schooner. Her sire was a world
champion and picked up every
award available during his racing
career, including Horse of the
Year. Her dam, also a homebred
for Fashion Farms, was a cham-
pion at age three with triumphs
in the Hambletonian Oaks and
Breeders Crown. Broadway
Donna is the second of her three
foals. The first, Musclesprincto-
nian, is preparing to stand stud in
the Midwest and the third, Wutan,
was a $130,000 yearling purchase
at last year’s Harrisburg Sale.
“Right from the day she was
born we fell in love with her,”
Campbell said. “She was just
a perfect foal and is still a big,
strong filly. She looked the part
of a nice racehorse and when
we started to train her down she
showed us why we felt so strong-
ly about her. She is always the
professional. She can be tricky,
because she does like her own
way, but she never gets hot like
her mother could do from time
to time. She has perfect manners
and an excellent mind. The best
way to put it is she has it all.”
Broadway Donna made
her career debut in a $13,000
non-winners of two contest at
Harrah’s Philadelphia on June
24. After demolishing her seven
opponents the filly inhaled seven
other rivals at Mohegan Sun
at Pocono Downs in a $30,000
Dan Patch Winner Broadway Donna Still Flying Under the Radar
division of the PAAll Stars stake
on July 1, before the waters be-
came a bit deeper in Sire Stakes
company. Broadway Donna took
those two engagements as well,
not as handily, but with authority
and entered her $20,000 elim-
ination for the $389,950 Jim
Doherty Memorial Final on July
31 with an unblemished record.
The filly, who defeated her
previous fields by an average
margin of 23 ½ lengths, cruised
through the elimination and the
final on August 8 in 1:53.3/5,
which was a national season’s
record for both sexes of that age
group.
“I’m fortunate and blessed
to have a filly like this,” said
Campbell in the winners’ circle
after the race. “She has done
everything we’ve asked for and
more.”
Following the Doherty Me-
morial victory, Broadway Donna
returned to sire stakes compe-
tition and added the $351,000
Pennsylvania championship to
her resume on September 11.
While she may not have placed
many lengths between herself and
the other fillies coming home, she
seemed to be trotting well within
herself without Miller ever asking
her.
The filly’s next engagement
was in Kentucky, as she outlasted
the stubborn Ultimate Shopper by
a head in her $129,500 division
of the Bluegrass Stake at The
Red Mile on September 30. She
was then prepared for an excur-
sion North of the Border for the
Breeders Crown and unfortunate-
ly, suffered her first defeat.
Although Broadway Donna
clearly possesses an abundance of
ability, a spectacular resume and
a brilliant future, the media has
not provided her with an incred-
ible amount of ink. The most
mention she has received is for
her win in the Doherty Memorial
and for her break in the Breeders
Crown elimination.
This situation will certainly
change in the very immediate
future, as this filly is a poten-
tial superstar and will turn
some heads over the upcoming
season.
“I can’t begin to tell you
how excited we are to have her,”
Campbell said. “We gave her a
winter vacation and she came
back in looking better than ever.
Her mother was a talented horse,
but I think this filly is much better.
It is hard to explain how much we
believe in her going out and doing
extremely well. We feel like the
sky is the limit for her and cannot
wait to get our season started then
put that Breeders Crown behind
us. She’s eligible again for it this
year and we like her chances to
get there.”
Broadway Donna won the $389,950 Jim Doherty Memorial at the
Meadowlands in July. The Dan Patch award winner starts her
three year old year with nine wins in ten starts.
Photo credit: Mark
Hall/USTTA
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