Well-bred filly Smiling Causeway (3f Giant’s Causeway x Shandra Smiles, by Cahill Road) ended 2017 on a winning note taking out the $76,250 Lightning City Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday.
Trained by Arnaud Delacour, Smiling Causeway zoomed through the five furlong turf sprint to win by a length and a half.
Stakes-placed twice previously, the super consistent filly was deserving of the win and her overall record now stands at four wins and three seconds from seven starts with prizemoney of $179,200.
“She broke a little slow today, but I knew some of the others were going to send their horses so I just let her run comfortable,” said winning rider Daniel Centeno.
“When we turned for home and I asked her, she went by everybody like nothing. I always had plenty of horse, and she galloped out strong after the wire.”
A $400,000 Keeneland November Weanling purchase, Smiling Causeway runs for Audley Farm Stable and is a half-sister to multiple Grade I winner Smiling Tiger and 2013 Champion 2YO Filly and Grade I winner She’s a Tiger being from terrific producer Shandra Smiles.