Lady Shakespeare Notches Bewitch Victory
Updated: Sunday, April 25, 2010 1:41 PM
Posted: Thursday, April 22, 2010 5:06 PM
Photo: Mathea Kelley
Lady Shakespeare and John Velazquez take the Bewitch Stakes at Keeneland.Order This Photo
Charles Fipke’s homebred Lady Shakespeare stalked pacesetter Changing Skies for more than 11 furlongs, then overtook the leader in mid-stretch en route her first graded stakes victory in the $150,000 Grey Goose Bewitch (gr. IIIT) (VIDEO) April 22 at Keeneland.
A full sister to multiple grade I winner Shakespeare
, the 4-year-old Theatrical
filly was ridden to victory by John Velazquez for trainer Roger Attfield. She covered 1 1/2 miles on the firm turf course in 2:31.42.
Lady Shakespeare ran alongside Magical Theater most of the way as those two chased Changing Skies and Kent Desormeaux, who opened up an uncontested lead through pedestrian fractions of :27.10, :53.14, 1:18.24, and 1:43.40. Changing Skies rounded the third turn still going strong and had a 1 1/2-length lead with a furlong remaining.
But Lady Shakespeare was finally asked for her best run in upper stretch and she responded with a quick turn of foot to take over from the long-time leader approaching the sixteenth pole. She won by 2 1/2 lengths going away. Sweet and Flawless
rallied on the outside to get third under Junior Alvarado at 26-1. Magical Theater was fourth in a field of seven fillies and mares.
Lady Shakespeare was unlucky in her two previous starts this season, missing by a head in both the Jan. 16 Marshua’s River and March 28 Orchid (gr. III) stakes, both at Gulfstream Park. As a 3-year-old, the chestnut filly won four of six starts, including the Ontario Colleen Stakes at Woodbine.
This victory upped her earnings to $405,608 from 11 career starts, six of which have been victories. The Kentucky-bred filly is out of the That’s a Nice mare Lady Shirl.
Sent off as the 9-5 favorite, Lady Shakespeare paid $5.60, $3.60, and $2.80. The exacta (7-6) returned $24.20 and the trifecta (7-6-3) was $286.80.
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