Saythreehailmary's breaks through the fog to win the Ladies

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January 10, 2016 10:15am
Saythreehailmary's Ladies 615 X 400
Photo: NYRA Photo


Over a sloppy and sealed inner track, Very Un Stable's Saythreehailmary's broke through a dense afternoon fog to capture Sunday's $100,000 Ladies Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack to earn her first victory of the year and first stakes win against open company.

Breaking from the rail at odds of 5-1 with Manny Franco in the irons, Saythreehailmary's comfortably settled in fourth position as Sustainable went to the lead setting fractions of 25.41 seconds for opening quarter-mile and 49.39 for the half with Mei Ling in close pursuit, followed by 3-5 post-time favorite Wonder Gal. 

Overtaking his lead at the three-sixteenths pole, Mei Ling darted to the front as the field turned for home. Put under a drive in the stretch, Franco guided Saythreehailmary's  wide to overtake Wonder Gal and outlast Mei Ling in the late stretch to complete the One mile and 70 yards in a winning time of 1:44.91.

"We planned it out," said Franco. "We didn't think there would too much pace up front and we wanted to be close to them and we made our move from the outside. When she hit the front, she stopped a little but we worked it out."

Returning $13.40 for a $2 win wager, the victory was Saythreehailmary's second consecutive stakes win and third win over the Big A's inner track from seven starts. The 5-year-old mare boosted her career earnings to $437,600. Confident she was coming into today's Ladies Handicap at her peak, trainer John Morrison was pleased with her performance.

"She got a perfect trip," said Morrison. "Manny couldn't have ridden her any better. She likes the inner track, we can't argue with her record here so it was nice. She started turning around in October and and has been getting better ever since. I kind of thought she was on top of her game today and she was."

Following Mei Ling in second were Wonder Gal, Stroke Play, and Sustainable. Sheriffa was scratched from the race.

Source: NYRA

 

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