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Proud Mandate Impresses In 2-Year-Old Debut On Thursday At Monmouth Park

August 23, 2018


Proud Mandate delivered on the high expectations that trainer Keith Nations has for her, turning her racing debut into an easy victory in a Maiden Special Weight race for 2-year-old fillies on Thursday at Monmouth Park. 

The daughter of Strong Mandate-Proud Dame took command in the five-furlong sprint after an eighth of a mile and was never seriously threatened, beating 4-5 favorite Sharpin by 4¼ lengths. It was another 2¾ lengths back in third to Catsoutofthebag. 

She covered the distance in :58.74 over a fast track. The race was originally scheduled for the turf but was switched to the main track. 

“We’ve liked her from the get-go, from the moment she first came to the barn,” said Nations. “She had the look. She looks like a good horse. The best thing about her is her maturity. She takes everything in stride.” 

Owned by Nick Sanna Stables LLC, Proud Mandate was a $35,000 yearling purchase. 

“She’s very special,” said winning rider Jose Ferrer, Monmouth Park’s leading jockey. “She’s a nice filly. Very mature. You don’t find many 2-year-olds who were as quiet as she was the whole time, especially for her first start. 

“She did everything right. She has a chance to be a good one.” 

Proud Mandate paid $4.20 to win as the second choice. 

Nations said he wanted “to enjoy this first” before plotting the next start for Proud Mandate. 

“She can be special,” he said.