East Rutherford, NJ [Nov. 8, 2008] - Spritely led from gate to wire as she earned her first stakes victory in the $60,000 Honey Bee on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.
Ridden by Mike Luzzi, Spritely [$7.80, $3.80, $2.60] repelled a challenge by Hamsa [$3.20, $2.80] on the final turn and drew off to a three-length victory. She covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:37 1/5 over a sloppy track. It was nine lengths back to Sky Copper in third [$5.20].
Spritely's three starts prior to the Honey Bee were all at six or seven furlongs.
"Todd [trainer Todd Pletcher] kind of gave me free reign tonight," Luzzi said. "She's a little quirky. She kind of lugged in a little bit and, if you're going to lug in, you might as well do it on the rail. She's quick and coming out of some sprints. I thought we had enough speed to get to the lead. She got there and we just slowed it down a little bit. I hope she stays on the inner track at Aqueduct, but we'll see."
Edward P. Evans owns the 3-year-old daughter of Touch Gold out of the Woodman mare Wood Sprite.