Tuesday, May 29 2012
Strong Willed Lady Wins Memorial Day Feature
LOUISVILLE, KY (Monday, May 28, 2012) - John Helmers and Woodford Racing LLC's Strong Willed Lady found room to run down the middle of the Matt Winn Turf Course and sprinted away to win the $58,996 Memorial Day feature for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs by 1 ¾ lengths over Beijoca.
Strong Willed Lady broke well and then rated in mid-pack through opening fractions of :23.84, :48.37 and 1:12.64 set by odds-on favorite Onepointhreekarats. Jockey Corey Lanerie asked Strong Willed Lady for more run with a quarter-mile remaining and angled the 5-year-old bay daughter of Leroidesanimaux-BRZ out in the stretch to give her plenty of room. Once in the clear, Strong Willed Lady put in a strong rally, took the lead at the sixteenth pole and edged away from the field.
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