V86®: SEK 753,000 made without being pressured
Trained cautiously and given nice trips in the early stages of her career.
Jim Oscarsson's three year old filly Florist has won five of her seven starts without being pressured and she is the favorite to beat in Vårfavoriten at Solvalla on Wednesday.
"I think she will be one of the better three year old fillies this year".
Florist is with her earnings of SEK 753,000 by far the richest filly in this Wednesday's Vårfavoriten at Solvalla.
The race for three year old fillies has a first price of SEK 100,000 and it's races of this caliber Florist has stuck to since she won her first lifetime start as a two year old.
Florist won Silverstoet at Axevalla in her third lifetime start last year and followed that up by an easy come from behind victory in Vinterfavoriten at Solvalla in the middle of December.
Goldneck Trav HB in Bromma is the owner of this filly who started off 2020 by winning a division of Margaretas Tidiga Unghästserie and after that she also won Pamir Broddes lopp.
Two starts at Solvalla have brought a total of SEK 400,000.
"She took the lead in Pamir Broddes lopp and just jogged. It turned into a half mile sprint. Kevin won the Margareta race after a perfect pocket trip. Everything went her way there. I'm grateful that she's been able to get such nice trips" says Jim Oscarsson, who last summer purchased John-Erik 'Goya' Magnusson's Blädingeås farm and moved his license from Solvalla to Kalmar. They haven't trained to get Florist sharp and ready early. Quite the opposite, says Oscarsson.
"She never showed anything training down last year. She trained together with the other two year olds and it wasn't until she qualified that she started to stand out. Then we just decided to start racing her. Yea, there hasn't been any problems".
Explosive grand dame
Florist is a daughter of Wellino Boko and the unraced mare Angostura.
Björn Hultman in Kärna has bred the filly who has a very famous grand dame.
Pion (born 1995) made SEK 1.7 million. Björn Hultman trained the explosive mare who for many years was one of the best mares in the country.
"Pion was a big reason why we bought Florist. We were pretty impressed by her. A very durable mare who could leave fast as hell" Jim says laughing.
Plants and Flowers is the theme of this branch of Björn Hultman's breeding.
Florist can also leave quickly but she hasn't had to show much of that yet.
In her last start Kevin tried to take them wire-to-wire in a leg of the Breeders Crown series at Färjestad, but then she was beat at the top of the stretch.
"Yea, that was a bit of a blemish on her record when she 'just' finished third in her last start. I think she raced well, though. She got a bit hot when she had to make some speed in the middle of the race and got tired in the end".
How has she trained after her last start?
"She has just jogged but she feels very good. Today (Monday) she trained nice and slow at 1:40 speed. We took the ear hood off for her last start and we'll see what we will do this time. Other than that she will race as usual with shoes and open bridle and her nose flipper" says Jim Oscarsson.
She drew post eight behind the gate in Vårfavoriten (V86®-2) with only eight starters. What do you think of her chances?
"She is such a good filly, so she should be good enough there too. I think she will be one of the better three year old fillies this year and we are aiming at the Oaks this fall. It's up to Kevin how he wants to drive her once the wings fold. She's pretty safe. You can send her and you can also take her off the gate and race her from behind. In these short fields there's usually a lot of tactics involved".