Direct Line, battling West Hope all the way around, got up by a nose at the wire to win the $100,000 Gardenia Handicap (gr. III) in an 11-1 surprise at Ellis Park Aug. 14.
- Dark Bay or Brown Filly
- Born 2006
- KY -Bred
|Jockey||Jon Kenton Court|
|Owner||Robert B. and Beverly J. Lewis Trust|
|Breeder||Paul F. Gardner|
|Lady's Laughter View Five-Cross Pedigree||Distorted Humor||Forty Niner|
|Lady Tap||Pleasant Tap|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Beverly J. Lewis||Margaux Farm, agent||$450,000|
Godolphin Racing's Flashing, a winner of four of six starts this season including the grade I Test Stakes, has a clear edge over a full field of 3-year-old fillies in the $300,000 Lexus Raven Run (gr. II) Oct. 24 at Keeneland.
Like her other five rivals, Marylou Whitney's Tweeter never had a chance when super filly Rachel Alexandra rolled to a record-setting 20 1/4-length victory in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 1 at Churchill Downs. Tweeter, who finished 51 lengths back of the winner, should be more evenly matched this time when taking on mere mortals in the $100,000-added Dogwood Stakes (gr. III), a test for 3-year-old fillies May 30 in Louisville.
Four Gifts scored the second graded victory of her career with a late charge from the outside in the $113,300 Eight Belles Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.