One Tough Customer
RSS Feeds Monday, December 30, 2013

1--@CUSTOMER BASE, 119, f, 4, by Lemon Drop Kid
1st Dam: Little Cat Feet, by Tale of the Cat
2nd Dam: Sheba's Step, by Alysheba
3rd Dam: Pattern Step, by Nureyev
($170,000 yrl '10 FTKJUL). O-Glen Hill Farm;
B-Edward Seltzer & Beverly Anderson (KY); T-Thomas
F Proctor; J-Mike E Smith. $60,000. Lifetime Record:
18-5-3-2, $322,182. *1/2 to Hyperlink (Toccet), SW,
$205,777. Werk Nick Rating: A++

Customer Base, named a J “TDN Rising Star” J in 2011 after beginning her career two-for-two, made
good on that endorsement here to break through at the graded level. The dark bay finished off 2012 with a
close second in this venue's GIII Autumn Miss S. in October, and earned her first black-type victory three
starts later in Hollywood's 10-furlong Lucie Manet S. in July. Subsequently off the board in a pair of Del Mar
Grade IIs, she returned to Arcadia to be second in the restricted Swingtime S. Oct. 5. Customer Base had
been off since a third in the GII Goldikoa S. Nov. 3, but received a positive form update when that heat's
winner Egg Drop (Alphabet Soup) repeated in the GI Matriarch S. Content to track from third-to-last behind honest fractions of :23.58, :47.05 and 1:10.80, Customer Base began to inch closer turning for home. She spun four wide at the head of the lane, and was set down for a drive by Mike Smith as Stormy Lucy tried to get her feet underneath her. Emboldened by the arrival of Customer Base to her outside, Stormy Lucy dug deep, but Customer Base would not be denied and got her nose down in front.

"I don't want to sound cocky or anything, but it felt like a Zenyatta-like photo finish where everyone
thought it was so close, but yet I was confident," said Smith of the tight finish. "She was just hanging there,
just waiting." She knew she had done enough, she was locked on. The only thing I could do from that point
was not to mess it up, so I just stayed with her.

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