It was an overdue win for 9-1 White Rose, who races for Jake Ballis and long-time NBA player Rashard Lewis. In her sixth start this season, all stakes, five of them graded, the light gray runner entered Saturday's race off her best effort Aug. 8 when third in the Fasig-Tipton Waya Stakes (gr. IIIT) at the Spa.
Racing fourth along the hedge under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, White Rose had pacesetter Maximova to thank for a lively tempo up front early on. The leader went a quarter-mile in :23.69 and a half in :46.70, flying up the backside with a 3 1/2-length advantage and getting three-quarters in 1:10.57.
Maximova held her advantage in the group of nine fillies and mares through the far turn, clocking a mile in 1:35.12. But after following the frontrunner around with a ground-saving trip, White Rose had edged up to third and then found running room to put in her charge down the length of the stretch.
"I had a perfect trip," Bridgmohan said. "It was pretty straightforward, got to the fence saved every inch of ground and angled off at the top of the stretch and she gave me what she had today. Obviously, (trainer Bill Mott) does a phenomenal job with her and she showed it."
Eastern Belle made a good closing effort after getting carried far wide but could not get to the winner, who held sway by three-quarters of a length. Regardez also rallied to claim third, was followed home by Lady of Gold, Evidently, Maximova, Ceisteach, Bocaiuva, and 8-5 favorite Goldy Espony.
"(It was) gorgeous, beautiful," Mott said. "I was worried there was nobody to go with Goldy Espony and they let (Maximova) run on out of there and it helped us out.
"She had a ground-saving trip the whole way, it was beautiful. I thought, even down the backside, maybe he'll (Bridgmohan) tip her out and go outside of Goldy Espony, but he went inside. He cut the corner the whole way, so really it was a great trip."