Windmill made her first Stakes start a winning one when she zipped to a one-length victory in the six-furlong Dixie Belle Stakes at Oaklawn Park Feb. 28.
Coming into the Dixie Belle off a front-running four-length maiden win over this same strip in January, the three-year-old Street Sense filly again showed her quickness on Sunday, going immediately up to vie for the lead, along with Abrogate and Goin’ Good.
That trio continued to battle each other throughout the race, as Windmill remained in the clear while racing three-wide. Jockey Joe Talamo finally asked his charge for a little bit more run and Windmill quickly responded, taking the lead with a sixteenth of a mile left to run. The Fox Hill Farm color bearer began to edge away in deep stretch, eventually crossing the wire one length ahead of runner-up, Goin’ Good. Abrogate was another length back in third.
Windmill was bred in Kentucky by Nesco II Limited and is out of the winning mare, Zaharias, a full sister to Visionaire, winner of the G1 King’s Bishop Stakes. In addition, Zaharias is a half sister to multiple Graded Stakes winners Tara’s Tango (G1 Santa Margarita, G2 Santa Maria, etc.), Scarlet Strike (G3 Providencia, 2nd G1 Chandelier) and Madison’s Luna (G3 Hutcheson Stakes).
Windmill is the sixth Stakes winner of 2021 for her sire, Street Sense. In addition to the Dixie Belle winner, Street Sense is the sire of Concert Tour, winner of the G2 San Vicente Stakes; Maxfield, winner of the G3 Mineshaft; Zaajel, winner of the G3 Forward Gal Stakes; Capo Kane, winner of the Jerome Stakes and Hollis, winner of the Stonerside Sprint Stakes.
Street Sense is standing the 2021 breeding season at Jonabell Farm for a fee of $60,000, stands and nurses.