Starship Prankster’s Late Run Eases Concerns of Her Backers

    It wasn’t a matter of ‘If Starship Prankster would win a race,’ it was simply a matter of ‘when.’

    Prior to her maiden-breaking score at Finger Lakes yesterday, the 4-year-old daughter of Bahamian Squall had posted three seconds and three thirds in her last six races – the first five at Presque Isle Downs and the last at Finger Lakes.

    Based on those six efforts, the filly bred by Frank Hopewell and Runner’s Dream Farm was bet down to 4/5 favoritism in yesterday’s six-furlong test over a sloppy track. And, although the chalk-players had some anxious moments as Luis Perez was content to sit in third place, three to four lengths behind the dueling leaders, the veteran rider got her rolling in the stretch and she made up a ton of ground and was up to win by a length.

Starship Prankster paid $3.80 and earned a check for $7,560, while raising her record to 1-5-3 in 16 starts. She became winner No. 22 for Bahamian Squall this year.