Ivanavinalot Romps In Florida's My Dear Girl

Living up her to name and billing, Ivanavinalot made another race look easy as she took the early lead and coasted home for the 13 3/4-length victory in Saturday's $400,000 My Dear Girl Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes.

Sent off at odds of 2-5, the daughter of West Acre, ridden by Manoel Cruz, covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45 4/5 and paid $2.80, $2.60 and $2.10.

Trained by Kathleen O'Connell, Ivanavinalot captured the final two legs of the Stallion Stakes with her only career loss coming in a troubled fourth in the Desert Vixen Division.

Stars Go Blue, a maiden with Gary Boulanger up, rallied from last to take the place spot, paying $11.20 and $2.10 as a 35-1 longshot. Dakota Light, with Julio Garcia aboard, finished another 1 ¾-lengths back in third and paid $2.10.

The victory by Ivanavinalot earned owner Gilbert Campbell $240,000 to increase her lifetime bankroll to $418,300. The win was O'Connell's fourth in the Florida Stallion Stakes, all in different divisions.

"I'm very relieved," said O'Connell. "You always worry going into a big race like this. She's still growing and maturing. She runs hard every time."

(Chart, Equibase)

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