When Scandalous Act crossed the finish line in the $300,000 My Dear Girl Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes, she not only made history for her sweep of the series, but she gave winning trainer Kathleen O’Connell a new entry into the record book as the first female trainer to ever sweep the series, as well as the first to win five out of the six total races.
“The greatest thing about her is she has such a good mind,” said O’Connell, of the horse who’s helped her to make history. “She has exhibited staying power. She’s just a lovely Thoroughbred to be around.”
Owned by Gil Campbell, Scandalous Act showed her strength earlier this year with wins in both the Desert Vixen and Susan’s Girl Divisions. It came as no surprise that she was the heavy post-time favorite at 1-2. She proved the bettors right when she dominated the field in wire-to-wire fashion, winning by 5 ¾ lengths over Quinnkat.
“I know that filly,” said winning jockey Eddie Nunez “When she started rolling and I went, she ran. I was a little scared, because last time she went to the front. But she’s a good filly.”
Nunez was also aboard Scandalous Act for her first win in the Desert Vixen Division in July, but due to injury, was unable to ride for her win in the Susan’s Girl. That honor went to jockey Antonio Gallardo.
The last filly sweep of the series occurred in 2010 with Awesome Feather and trainer Stanley Gold, and the last sweep of the series took place in 2011 with Fort Loudon, also trained by Gold. When asked about plans for what is to come, O’Connell hinted at the potential for a Breeders’ Cup appearance.
“We’re California dreaming,” said O’Connell. “We’ll talk to the boss and go from there.”
Scandalous Act returned $3.00, $2.10, and $2.20 for the win. Quinnkat paid $5.60 and $2.80 for second, and Holiday Magic returned $2.10 for third.
Completing the order of finish were Fantastic Voyage, Old Wives Tale, Golden Friendships, Starship Sassy, and Solitary.