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Our Little Hen takes momentum to Sunday’s $65K Distaff


August 14, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

Lady Rosberg is the 4-to-5 morning line favorite in the Emerald Distaff Handicap
(photo by Emerald Downs)
On paper, the $65,000 Emerald Distaff on Sunday, August 14, appears to be a one-horse race. After all, Lady Rosberg has won three straight races—all stakes—including a 5½-length romp in last month's Boeing Handicap.

If anything, the Boeing might have been the one time to catch 5-year-old Lady Rosberg napping. It was her first start at Emerald Downs for trainer Tom Wenzel since 2013 and she hadn't raced in more than three months. Nevertheless, Lady Rosberg earned a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 93 while beating three of her Distaff rivals in the process.

However, one of those rivals—Our Little Hen—may have had a legitimate excuse. She simply was not right in the Boeing Handicap and lagged double-digit lengths behind the field from the opening bell. Since the Boeing though, Our Little Hen has had a complete form reversal.

Racing for new trainer Doris Harwood under Julien Couton, Roger Hicks' Our Little Hen cruised to the easiest of one-length victories. And according to Harwood, she's been a beast in the morning ever since.

"She is so serious about training," Harwood said. "After her last race, she absolutely drug my exercise rider around the track."

Aside from a pair of puzzling efforts, Our Little Hen has mostly been a dependable racehorse. In 25 career starts, she's won 10 races and is six-for-13 on a dirt fast track.

Furthermore, if you take out Lady Rosberg's career-best number from the Boeing, the speed figures across the board for the two runners is comparable. At the very least, the Harwood camp is enjoying their time with the new arrival.

"In a wonderful way, she's spoiled," Harwood said. "I always tease the owners that she used to be a bay horse but now she's a red horse because they feed her so many carrots."