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1st Winner For Widden Shuttler Southern Image
Also in the US, triple Gr1-winning 9YO freshman stallion & Widden Stud shuttler Southern Image (Halo's Image-Pleasant Dixie, by Dixieland Band) recorded his 1st winner when 2YO filly Southern Fireball (Southern Image-Hot Moon, by Carson City) scored by 4.25-lengths over 4.5 furlongs on the all-weather track at Hollywood Park in California in his 2nd start for trainer Doug O'Neill. Southern Fireball was a US$25,000 yearling at the 2008 Fasig-Tipton July Sale. On the track, her sire Southern Image (standing the 2009 season for US$7,500 for Taylor Made/Winstar in Kentucky) recorded 8 wins (including the Gr1 Malibu Stakes over 7 furlongs, Gr1 Santa Anita Handicap over 10 furlongs, Gr1 Pimlico Special Handicap over 9.5 furlongs & Listed Barretts/CTBA Classic Stakes over 9 furlongs) & 2 placings (in the Gr1 Stephen Foster Handicap over 9 furlongs & Gr2 San Vincente Handicap over 7 furlongs) from 8 starts for US$1,843,750 earnings. Southern Image (whose oldest Australia progeny are 2YOs in the upcoming season beginning on August 1) has shuttled to Widden for the last 3 seasons & covered 264 mares.