Sky Mesa filly stuns in Jimmy Durante S. (G3)
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sky Mesa filly stuns in Jimmy Durante S. (G3)
Making her first start against winners, Family Meeting stormed home down the Del Mar turf stretch to win the $100,000 Jimmy Durante S. (G3) on Saturday afternoon.

Two-year-old Family Meeting is Sky Mesa’s fourth graded stakes winner of the year, and eighth black type winner overall. 

Family Meeting gave her breeder/owner some anxious moments after tallying well back of the lead and still in eighth with a quarter mile to run. But jockey Drayden Van Dyke took her to the middle of the course, and the dark bay filly took off past the field for a rousing half-length win.

"She hasn't quite figured it all out yet," Van Dyke said. "She was idling on me, but I could feel I had a ton of horse under me, so I just wanted to keep her calm. When it came time, she went. She's a good one; can't wait to see what she does next."

Family Meeting, who broke her maiden Nov. 7 over the Laurel Park turf, is trained by Tom Proctor. She is out of Family Plan, whose siblings include graded stakes winners Closeout and Capital Request.
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