“Her conformation was great and her pedigree was good, but I was really drawn to her attitude,” said Bacola. “She seemed relaxed, composed, and in charge. The auctions are really stressful on young fillies and when you see a filly that had that composure, it really stands out.”
That yearling turned out to be Flora Dora, who has since gone on to earn over $400,000 in her career, and is a two-time stakes winner. Her win on January 31st in the Busanda Stakes earned her 10 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. 1) qualifying points.
The eye is on the Kentucky Oaks prize, and the next step in reaching that goal is participating in the $125,000 Busher Stakes, which will be held on February 27th at Aqueduct. The Kentucky Oaks qualifying points structure for the Busher is: 50, 20, 10, 5 for those that finish in the top four spots.
It was Flora Dora’s first stakes win that led her trainer, Marialice Coffey, thinking they had a shot to compete in the Kentucky Oaks. Coffey believes Flora Dora will relish competing in the 1 1/8-mile long Kentucky Oaks. She did caution how she’s trying not to think too far ahead though. “I try not to think about big things like that… but she’s the kind of filly that might get us there,” said Coffey.