In Lingerie, returning to the Turfway Park Polytrack where she broke her maiden in January, destroyed an overmatched group of 3-year-old fillies in the $100,000 Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) (VIDEO), leading a one-two finish for trainer Todd Pletcher March 24.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ and Gary Barber’s In Lingerie scored the one-mile Bourbonette by six lengths over stablemate Dancing Solo
, completing the distance in 1:38.28 under John Velazquez. The daughter of Empire Maker—Cat Chat, by Storm Cat, likely punched her ticket to the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs with her first graded stakes win.
Velazquez swept both graded stakes on the Turfway program, as one race later he guided Went the Day Well to victory in the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III).
The bay filly broke her maiden at Turfway back on Jan. 14 by 6 1/4 lengths while owned by R. Warren Lyster and trained by Stephen Lyster. After being purchased privately by her current owners, she was transferred to Pletcher, who took her to South Florida. In Lingerie ran a distant second in her most recent start, a Feb. 25 optional claimer on the Gulfstream Park dirt.
The winner was bred in Kentucky by Colt Neck Stables.
In Lingerie practically had the race locked up after the first quarter, which she ran in an easy :25.24 with little pressure. Dancing Solo was chasing under Javier Castellano, and Original Kitten
made a premature move down the backstretch to briefly put herself in contention after a half-mile in :49.10. Dixie Jackpot
was also close to the pace.
But In Lingerie had put away all challengers coming off the second turn, including Dancing Solo, and coasted through the stretch the easiest of winners.
Dancining Solo was a clear second, 5 1/2 lengths in front of Toxis
and Joel Rosario. Bourbonstreetgirl
was fourth in a field of eight.
In Lingerie earned $60,140 for the victory and upped her earnings to $82,265.
Sent off as the 4-5 choice, she paid $3.60, $2.60, and $2.20. The exacta (4-5) returned $13.60 and the trifecta (4-5-2) was worth $50.40.