Evaluna took the lead a furlong from the wire and then poured in on through the stretch to win the Listed Constancio Silva Mandiola at Hipodromo Chile by eight-and-a-quarter lengths on Saturday, 28 October.
It was the first Stakes victory for the four-year-old Midshipman filly, who improved her record to four wins in nine career starts. The strapping chestnut filly has been in the money in eight of her nine starts thus far.
Taken well in-hand right out of the starting gate, Evaluna settled into third as Mieldepera and La Farola battled each other for the lead. Evaluna continued to track the leading duo up the backstretch and through the far turn before switching to the outside to make her run. She quickly overhauled the longtime leaders at the top of the stretch, then drew off through the lane to win convincingly while still under a hand-ride.
Bred in Chile by her owner, Haras Don Alberto, Evaluna is the first foal out of the Bluegrass Cat mare, Emperatriz de Amor, a daughter of multiple Stakes-placed winner, Swiss Rose (Swiss Yodeler). Swiss Rose, a full sister to the Stakes winning My Honey Bunny, is also closely related to the multiple Graded Stakes winner, Roheryn (Constitution).
Midshipman is also represented this year by Chilean Champion two-year-old colt and Triple Crown winner Fortino and Facundo H, recent winner of Chile’s G2 Clasico Copa de Oro. In the U.S., Midshipman is represented by the talented juveniles Amidst Waves, a two-time Stakes winner that will make her next start in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, and Ship Cadet, who captured the Skidmore Stakes at Saratoga.