After having to settle for a third-place check in the first California Sire Stakes at the current Cal Expo meet for the sophomore pacing fillies, Dine N Wine apologized big time in the most recent stakes gathering last week and won going away while returning $9 to those who continued to have faith.
The diminutive daughter of Power Of Art and Bordeaux Franco goes about her business for Team Desomer and has been guided in her big-money appearances at this stand by Steve Wiseman.
Sitting fourth in the early stages of the last stakes match-up, Wiseman related he didn’t want to get stuck in the hole and decided to move early with Dine N Wine, who is normally a long-fused type. They took command on the final turn and left no doubt in the stretch, reporting home with three and a quarter lengths to spare.
“This is a little horse with a big heart, who is out of a 100% producer,” related trainer Vickie Desomer when asked about the filly, who has now won five times from 16 appearances on the season. “A very good drive by Steve Wiseman certainly helped the cause.”
For the record, Bordeaux Franco was a 1:54.1 performer after coming from her native New Zealand. In addition to Dine N Wine, she has produced Dayahana, a 1:53.3 winner; Grey Frier, who has a 1:54.2 standard; and the ill-fated Bordgame, 1:55.3; who unfortunately didn’t get the chance to continue his career.