, a fixture on the New York Racing Association, Inc.
(NYRA) circuit since going out on his own in 2002, won the first North
American Grade 1 stakes race of his career Saturday when 21-1 shot
upset the $300,000 Prioress at Saratoga Race Course.
a native of Louisville, Ky., and former assistant to Hall of Famer D.
Wayne Lukas, Todd Pletcher and John Hennig, scored one other win at the
highest level of racing when Saratoga County took the Group 1 Dubai
Golden Shaheen in 2005.
been a while," he said in the winner's circle after the Prioress, the
only Grade 1 six-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies in the country.
Bay, a Richlyn Stables homebred daughter of Speightstown, took the
Prioress from off the pace, rallying past leader Wildcat Lily near the
rail from fourth place to win by a half-length in a time of 1:09.29
under jockey Joe Rocco, Jr.
Katie, the 2-5 favorite, struggled to maintain position in third place
behind dueling Wildcat Lily and So Many Ways and came in last in the
field of six.
Bay paid $45.20 for a $2 win bet. Kauai Katie took $254,105 out of
$317,208 in show pool wagers, and her off-the-board finish triggered a
$27.20 show payout for the winner for a $2 bet.
finishing third in the Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on Preakness
Day and winning the Jostle Stakes on June 8 at Parx Racing, Weaver had
Lighthouse Bay under consideration for the Grade 3, $150,000 Victory
Ride on June 29 at Belmont Park but opted to give her more time.
thought she'd be capable of maybe doing this at some point, and when
this race came up with a short field . . . we decided with the owner to
go ahead and go in this race," Weaver said of the Prioress.
the gate opened, Wildcat Lily, a recent Grade 3 stakes winner at
Calder, set out for an opening quarter-mile in 22.22 seconds while kept
in close company by So Many Ways.
Katie appeared in a good spot in third, but jockey Hall of Fame jockey
John Velazquez was pushing hard on her to keep up. Lighthouse Bay,
meantime, came out of post position 3 and dropped to the inside to save
a half-mile in 45.12 seconds and five-eighths in 57.03, Wildcat Lily
had put away So Many Ways and Kauai Katie. Lighthouse Bay, however,
moved to the front under left-handed urging and got up to win.
Irish Lute rallied for third and was followed home by So Many Ways, Little Rocket and Kauai Katie.
three horses I thought were the horses to beat in the race all kind of
lined up in front of me," Rocco said. "I was able to get to the rail and
save ground behind them. When I called on her to shoot through on the
rail, I had plenty of horse."
Todd Pletcher had no excuse for Kauai Katie, a five-time stakes winner
who last year broke her maiden and won the Grade 2 Adirondack at
just didn't really fire today," he said. "Johnny [Velazquez] said she
warmed up beautiful, left there a little flat and never really picked it
Bay won for the fourth time in seven starts. The $180,000 first-place
purse increased her lifetime earnings to $350,706.
said he would consider running Lighthouse Bay next in the Grade 1,
$500,000 Test at seven furlongs on August 24, Travers Day at the Spa.