Tom Kelley Thursday, Nov.15th,
BIG MCDEAL FAVORED IN
Brad Grant’s prize filly Big Mcdeal
will look to show the world that she is the “real-deal” when she takes on nine
other three-year-old pacing fillies in Friday’s $83,000 Cinderella Stake at
Coming off a nice third place finish
in the Breeders Crown Final at Woodbine the daughter of McArdle-Ideal Gal has
put up some big numbers while chasing the likes of such great pacing fillies as
American Jewel and Economy Terror in her first two seasons of racing. In fact,
Big Mcdeal was the only filly to defeat American Jewel during the 2011 season
when she equaled that rivals World Record of 1:50.2 while taking a division of
the International Stallion Stakes at The Red Mile.
Despite the fact that she has
somewhat flown under the radar in her first two seasons Big Mcdeal has amassed
six wins, seven seconds and six thirds in 28 starts with earnings of $690,705.
Now under the watchful eye of veteran Canadian conditioner Ben Wallace Big
Mcdeal has set two World Records during her racing career also establishing
herself at the time as the fastest three-year-old pacing filly on a
five-eighths mile track with a 1:49.1 clocking at the Meadows back on July 21st
while winning a division of a Pennsylvania Sire Stake.
With those types of numbers and the
fact that she is a former two-time World Champion Wallace, who is enjoying his
17th consecutive million dollar season, feels his filly deserves a
little more of the headlines in what has been a very strong division.
"She may get more publicity now,"
Wallace said. "She was a worthy filly last year. She put some great
numbers up. She set a world record at Lexington beating American Jewel. She's
come back this year even stronger. Jody Jamieson has done a good job
babysitting her back home. We've been worried about racing her off the front.
He's done a good job keeping her buried up and having her finish fresh and
strong for us.”
Big Mcdeal has been
installed as the 2-1 favorite as she leaves from post position six for Friday’s