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Sassy Image Wins US Gr1 Princess Rooney
Favoured US 4YO mare Sassy Image (Broken Vow-Ideal Image, by Hennessy) notched her 3rd successive graded-stakes victory in 2 months (since returning from throat surgery) with victory by a neck in the US$350,000 Gr1 Princess Rooney Handicap (6 furlongs) for fillies & mares at Calder Race Course in Miami in Florida. Sassy Image (ridden by Mike Smith for trainer Dale Romans) defeated fellow 4YO mares Musical Romance (Concorde's Tune-Candlelightdinner, by Slew Gin Fizz) & Indulgence (Macho Uno-Forbidden Kiss, by Touch Gold). Sassy Image (a US$42,000 yearling at the 2008 Keeneland September Sale) took her record to 7 wins (also including both May’s Gr1 Humana Distaff Handicap over 7 furlongs at Churchill Downs & Gr3 Winning Colors Handicap over 6 furlongs at Churchill Downs, plus January's Listed Sweetest Chant Stakes over 8 furlongs at Gulfstream Park, as well as 2009's Gr2 Golden Rod Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Churchill Downs & Listed Pocahontas Stakes over 8 furlongs at Churchill Downs) & 3 placings (including 2009's Gr2 Adirondack Stakes over 6.5 furlongs at Saratoga) from 14 starts for US$801,931 earnings.