Here it comes again. Another envelope is delivered to the parents of Kathleen O'Connell in Eagle, Mich.
Inside, Joseph O'Connell, 88, and Arlene, 85, find an article on their daughter's growing achievements. It has become a habit.
Kathleen O'Connell's latest milestone — a career sweep in the Florida Stallion Stakes series with Scandalous Act — has the two-time Tampa Bay Downs training champion California dreamin'. If owner Gilbert Campbell gives the nod, O'Connell and her talented 2-year-old Florida homebred filly will be headed to the 30th Breeders' Cup World Championships on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.
"The Breeders' Cup is under consideration," said O'Connell, a resident of Odessa. "We've already decided the Breeders' Cup was on the back burner several times. The boss will make the decision."
Scandalous Act is being considered for the Grade I $2 million Juvenile Fillies. She would be O'Connell's first Breeders' Cup starter.
Bred and broken at Campbell's Stonehedge Farm South in Williston, Scandalous Act completed a Florida Stallion Stakes filly division sweep Oct. 12 at Calder in Miami Gardens with a 5¾-length victory in the $300,000 My Dear Girl Stakes. Ridden by Eduardo Nunez, the 1�th-mile race was her longest test yet. It was the fourth victory from five starts for Scandalous Act, who has career earnings of $328,040. After her only loss — a seventh-place finish in the $100,000 J J'sdream Stakes on June 22 at Calder — O'Connell made an equipment change, putting blinkers on the daughter of Act of Duty and the Langfuhr mare Seductive Lady.
She hasn't lost since, beginning with wins in the first two Florida Stallion Stakes races: the $75,000 Desert Vixen and the $125,000 Susan's Girl. She won the three stakes by 21½ combined lengths, all in front-running fashion.
"(The blinkers) seem to keep her a little more focused," O'Connell said. "She ran the way she'd trained."
O'Connell was denied a sweep in the male division when My Brown Eyed Guy broke slowly and finished ninth and last as the even-money favorite.
"He's happiest when he's a dictator, and he wasn't too happy being compromised and pressed," the Detroit native said. "Maybe he just needs turf to get the distance."
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