Filly looks to be coming up big

By Jay Hovdey       8/3/2011

It had been about four years since Melody Conlon went down hard near the three-eighths pole at Hollywood Park trying to stay on board a wrong-way runaway. She fractured three cervical vertabrae for her trouble and underwent emergency surgery the next day, but after awhile she was back in the saddle, on a limited basis, getting the feel of the Thoroughbreds she trained.

Earlier this year, one of them was a slate gray daughter of Stormy Atlantic who was anything but the runt of the litter. Generous of leg and shoulder, the filly figured to be slow to evolve. But just to see where she stood, Conlon climbed aboard for a three-furlong breeze, moving off at about the same point on the track at Hollywood where she had been so badly injured.

Fortunately, the trainer had other things on her mind. The leggy filly was quick into gear and liquid in motion. Together they flew through three-eighths in 34 seconds and change, in company with another 2-year-old. When Conlon got the clocking, her first reaction was typical of any trainer protective of a precocious young horse:

“I wanted to fire the rider,” she said.

Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2011 3:37 PM

Mighty Caroline impressive in Sorrento

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By Blood-Horse Staff Updated: Sunday, August 7, 2011 9:45 PM Posted: Friday, August 5, 2011 11:25 PM

Mighty Caroline Wins Sorrento in Graded Debut

John M. Liviakis’ homebred filly Mighty Caroline, second choice in the betting at 4-1 under jockey Joel Rosario, forged to the front in the upper stretch and went on to a convincing 1 1/4-length victory in the Sorrento Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies at Del Mar Aug. 5 (VIDEO). Mighty Caroline is trained by Melody Conlon, who was winning her first stakes



The Associated Press | The Associated Press | 08/05/11 11:24 PM

Mighty Caroline wins at Del Mar

Mighty Caroline defeated River Kiss by 1¼ lengths to win the $150,000 Sorrento Stakes for two-year-old fillies on Friday at Del Mar.

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