After taking her U.S. debut in the $200,000 Pebbles at Belmont Park, Swettenham Stud’s Lady Lara-IRE will try to keep her stateside unbeaten streak alive in Saturday’s $200,000-added Mrs. Revere (GII) at Churchill Downs.
The 3-year-old filly by Excellent Art-GB won a handicap race on Sept. 19 at Newbury in England and was shipped to the U.S. shortly thereafter to the barn of Hall of Fame conditioner Bill Mott.
Mott has teamed up with Australian-based Swettenham Stud on several occasions, campaigning graded stakes winners such as Sand Springs, Angara-GB, Changing Skies-IRE and Dress Rehearsal-IRE.
“We’ve had success together in the past,” Mott said. “They’ll send us over a good filly every now and again that they think might fit in America.”
In the Oct. 13 Pebbles, Lady Lara started the race in ninth place of the 11-horse field and was seventh after six furlongs before moving up to second in the stretch and crossing the wire a half-length in front of Distorted Beauty, another rival entered in Saturday’s Mrs. Revere.
“I was impressed with the way she finished,” Mott said. “She got shuffled a little bit and was pretty far behind but finished very well. She definitely made a huge run to get up and win. Based on that, she looks like a pretty legitimate filly.”
Mott said that she came out of the Pebbles in good order and that he plans to give her some rest after the Mrs. Revere.
“We shipped her down to Churchill shortly thereafter so she could train down there and get ready for this race,” Mott said. “She seems to be doing really well. Sometimes running them back even twice after shipping that far is risky. So with it being pretty much the end of the season anyway, she’ll get a break after this race.”
Jockey Junior Alvarado has the call on Lady Lara, who will break from post position 11 as the 9-2 co-second choice on the morning line in the full field of 14 3-year-old fillies for the Mrs. Revere. Post time for the co-featured ninth of 10 races is 4:36 p.m. ET.
Source: Churchill Downs Communications