The ‘other’ Brown filly splits rivals to win Churchill's Mrs. Revere

November 29, 2019 05:07pm
The ‘other’ Brown filly splits rivals to win Churchill's Mrs. Revere
Photo: Cady Coulardot

The rare Chad Brown shipper dismissed at the windows, Nay Lady Nay made a brave move to split horses in the stretch and go on to win Friday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Mrs. Revere on the Churchill Downs turf.

The daughter of No Nay Never rallied from midpack under Junior Alvarado in her graded debut for First Row Partners and Hidden Brook Farm, improving her record to 3-for-5 as a lightly raced 3-year-old filly.

Alvarado sat patiently behind Hard Legacy’s opening fractions of 24.54 seconds for the quarter mile and 50,25 for the half over some soft turf. Nay Lady Nay tipped out in the stretch but still had three rivals to pass with a furlong to go.

Hard Legacy faded down toward the rail, leaving The Mackem Bullet and Dalika seemingly left to decide with a sixteenth of a mile to run. Then Nay Lady Nay managed to squeeze through and win by 3/4 of a length.

"I kind of saved ground, and as soon as the 5/16ths when I started picking it up, I knew she wasn't having any problem at all with the give in the ground," Alvarado said. "I was very hopeful at that point, and then when we turned for home and I really got to her, she gave me a nice kick at the end."

Dalika got up for second with The Mackem Bullet third. Brown’s favorite in the race, New and Improved, lagged near the back of the pack and only offered a mild rally, with bettors flocking to the mount selected by jockey Joel Rosario.

A $210,000 auction purchase as a 2-year-old, Nay Lady Nay debuted in June, broke her maiden Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park and won the Oct. 7 Parx Fall Oaks in her most-recent start before Friday.

Off at 7-1 in the Mrs. Revere, Nay Lady Nay returned $16.80 to win.


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