Miss J McKay won Gulfstream Park’s $100,000 Abundantia S. for the second year in a row on Christmas Eve, coming from well off the pace to win the five-furlong turf sprint by 1 ¼-lengths under Tyler Gaffalione.
Owned by the partnership of Oakwood Stables, Cheyenne Stable LLC and Christophe Clement (also her trainer), Miss J McKay has four lifetime stakes wins and an overall record 6-4-3 in 20 starts and has earned $466,893.
After being bumped at the start, Miss J McKay was left several lengths off the lead as Miss Auramet led the field through a quarter-mile in :22.12. The bay 5-year-old moved up between horses on the turn, then when in the clear in upper stretch, stormed past the field to win going away in :56.18 on the “good” turf.
“The original plan was to run her this winter and put her in foal, but after the way she won today, I think everything is up in the air,” said Miguel Clement, assistant trainer for his father. “I’m sure my father and his partners will think about that afterwards. She’s been a little unlucky in some of her races this past year but her ‘A’ races have been pretty spectacular to watch.”
Miss J McKay, a daughter of Lemon Drop Kid, was making her first start in the Cheyenne silks after being purchased by Clement on behalf of the partnership at the 2022 Keeneland November sale.