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Coax Liberty Wins Dearly Precious

Deftly handled by jockey David Cohen, Coax Liberty came from off the pace to earn her first stakes victory in the $65,000 Dearly Precious for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

 

Coax Liberty prompted the early pace in second before she was taken back by jockey David Cohen to race in fourth through a half-mile in 46.67. Angled outside in upper stretch, she kicked strongly when roused to collar favored Breathoffreshheir and drive to a two-length victory.

 

“The outside started stacking up on us pretty quickly,” said Cohen, who won three races total on the card. “I chose to take her out of that and sit behind in a nice stalking position as opposed to going with them. The last quarter-mile I set her down for a run and she really exploded. It was a very nice finish. Like I told the trainer, she was probably 90 percent. The last sixteenth of a mile I was just easing her on down.”

 

Winning trainer James Lawrence was quick to praise Cohen for his ride.

 

“David said it got a little crowded, so he took her back because he thought she was a one-run filly, and she just exploded when he asked her,” said Lawrence, who trains the sophomore for Copper Penny Stables. “She had been training awesome, and I couldn’t be more pleased. I get real emotional about her because she’s like a pet. The Cicada [Grade 3, March 19 at Aqueduct] has been our goal since Christmas. Hopefully we can get David back on her. We know he’s real popular.”

 

Coax Liberty, now 3-2-1 from seven starts, returned $12.20 to win as the 5-1 third choice and was clocked in 1:11.24 for six furlongs on the inner track. The $39,000 winner’s share of the purse boosted her career earnings to $142,200.

 

Previously, Coax Liberty had finished third in the Grade 2 Adirondack and fourth in the Grade 1 Spinaway, both at Saratoga Race Course, and sixth in the Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont Park. After taking a Parx Racing allowance by 2 ¾ lengths on November 12, she finished second, defeated 4 ½ lengths, in the Brandywine at that venue on December 21 in her most recent effort prior to today’s contest.

 

Coax Liberty, a daughter of Successful Appeal, was bred in Kentucky by My Meadowview, LLC.

 

Full Moon Blues finished a head behind Breathoffreshheir in third, with Overseas Market and Wild About Sonny completing the order of finish. Kela’s Pride was scratched.

 


            

 

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