Mrs. Lindsay Surprises in Prix Vermeille

Under an inspired ride by Johnny Murtagh, Mrs. Lindsay shot to the front with a half-mile to run to easily capture the Prix Vermeille Lucien Barriere (Fr-I) at Longchamp Sept. 16.

The win in the Prix Vermeille marked the beginning of an impressive group I double for her sire, Theatrical. Later in the day, his son Shakespeare captured the Woodbine Mile (Can-IT).

Takaniya, entered in the Prix Vermeille to ensure a good pace for her stablemate, Vadapolina, went to the front immediately after the start.  She led the field at a decent clip for the first mile, with Mrs. Lindsay settled right behind her in second.  

Murtagh caught the field by surprise when he quickly moved his filly to the front as the field entered the straightaway. Passage of Time, who was making her first start in three months, challenged the leader with two furlongs left, but was no match for the chestnut filly.

Prix de Diane Hermes (Fr-I) winner, West Wind, closed strongly from the back of the pack, but had been given too much to do and was unable to overtake the winner. West Wind finished second, three-quarters of a length behind Mrs. Lindsay.

Passage of Time held on for third, three-quarters of a length further back. Time for the 12 furlongs was 2:27 over a course listed as good.

Mrs. Lindsay’s victory was very much a family affair. The filly’s fourth dam, Mrs. Penny, was a multiple champion who captured the 1980 Prix Vermeille. Both fillies were bred in Pennsylvania by Derry Meeting Farm. Mrs. Lindsay is currently owned by Bettina Jenney, widow of Marshall Jenney, the founder of Derry Meeting.

The winning owner was understandably excited after the race. “I’m absolutely delighted, and it’s been a great weekend as George Strawbridge is my neighbor in Pennsylvania,” Jenney said. “He won the St. Leger (Eng-I) with Lucarno on Saturday, and he keeps his mares at my farm.”

Mrs. Lindsay is out of the Woodman mare, Vole Vole Monamour.  She is trained in France by Francois Rohaut.

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