'Light Shines in Delta Princess
Photo: Jeff Coady
Undefeated By the Light won her fourth straight race in the Delta Princess.
Undefeated By the Light ran her winning streak to four races with a convincing 5 1/4-length win in the $300,000 Boyd Gaming's Delta Princess for 2-year-old fillies at Delta Downs the night of Dec. 7.

With Rafael Bejarano aboard in the one-mile test -- her first against open company -- favored By the Light seized the lead from pacesetter MIss Missile in upper stretch and cruised home five lengths in front in a time of 1:40 1/5 on a fast track.

Trained by Richard Dutrow Jr. for Jay Em Ess Stables, the daughter of Malibu Moon   defeated males in her most recent start, the six-furlong New York Breeders' Futurity at Finger Lakes Oct. 6. She has won her four races by nearly 20 lengths. The Delta Princess was her first race at a distance beyond six furlongs.

By the Light settled into a stalking position as Swifty Victress and Miss Missile dueled quickly on the front end through fractions of :22 1/5 and :46 3/5. Swifty Victress backed up soon after that as Dixie Duces and Champagne Eyes -- who made  a strong middle move for Patrick Valenzuela -- took up the challenge as they completed six furlongs in :46 3/5. Always in position, By the Light moved into contention quickly for Bejarano and swept past without a danger.

Paul Rothfuss bred By the Light, who is out of the Major Impact mare Dixie Tempo and sold for $190,000 as a yearling. A late betting move made her the slight favorite over Sky Mom. She paid $6.20, $4.40 and $3.20.

The victory, worth $180,000, increased the bay filly's earnings to $451,815.

Miss Missile, ridden by Justin Shepherd, fought gamely in the lane along the inside, but she could not hold off the winner. Miss Missile, coming off a 10 3/4-length win at Delta Downs in the seven-furlong My Trusty Cat, returned $9.40 and $5.

Lady On Holiday, facing winners for the first time, rallied for third with Robby Albarado aboard. She paid $3.20.

Sky Mom finished sixth in the field of 10.

(Chart, Equibase)

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