Sunday, February 13, 2011
La Gran Bailadora revs up late in Likely Exchange win
FLORENCE, Ky., Feb. 12, 2011 – La Gran Bailadora took her own sweet time through most of the $50,000 Likely Exchange Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday but got down to business in a hurry turning for home to post a 2 3/4-length length win over Hungry Tigress. Jonmil’s Edge was another 3 1/4 lengths back in third. Final time for the one-mile race for older fillies and mares was 1:41.57.
“She was taking a little time to catch up on the bridle, so I just let her be for the first part,” said winning rider Jozbin Santana. “I started getting after her at the five-eighths pole, and when we were coming to the quarter-pole, that’s when she started picking it up. Around the three-sixteenths, she just exploded there and went on. Then she was waiting on the other horses.”
A head behind Jonmil’s Edge came Live and Love, followed by Sweet Mis Kitty, Coastal Solace, West Court, Native Miz, Dance to My Tune, Zonga Zing, and Champagne Jane. Hot Hot Mama and Rivie scratched.
Third choice at 5-1, La Gran Bailadora paid $12 to win, $5.40 to place, and $4 to show.
“She ran well. Looking at it on paper it looked like there’d be a quick pace, so the race set up good for her,” said winning trainer Mike Maker. “We’re very pleased—kept her win streak intact.”
That win streak is now three, all at Turfway and all at the one-mile distance. Altogether La Gran Bailadora has four wins, one second, and two thirds in 13 starts for earnings of $105,889. The Likely Exchange is her first stakes win in two such tries.
By Afleet Alex out of the Affirmed mare Affirmed Dancer, 4-year-old La Gran Bailadora was bred and is owned by Tracy Farmer.
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