There was no mistaking Lady Eli's will to win the $500,000 Flower Bowl Stakes (gr. IT) Oct. 8 at Belmont Park.
- Bay Filly
- Born 2010
The New York Racing Association's racing office was only able to drum up five rivals for Lady Eli in the $500,000 Flower Bowl Stakes (gr. IT) for older fillies and mares Oct. 8 at Belmont Park.
Lady Eli rebounds from life-threatening injury to finish second by three-quarters of a length in the Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa (gr. IIT) to Strike Charmer, a Courtlandt Farm homebred by Smart Strike, who won in a stakes record time of 1:38.77.
James Bryan Jr.'s 4-year-old Scat Daddy filly raced just off early leader La Berma in the mile turf test, breezed by in the far turn, and pulled away to win by 3 3/4 widening lengths.
A three-month layoff earlier this year may have helped Strike Charmer, as she registered her first stakes win since 2014 in the $150,000 Beaugay Stakes (gr. IIIT) Saturday, May 14 at Belmont Park.
Kiss Moon collared front-runner I'm Already Sexy in late stretch and thrust out her head on the line to win the $100,000 Old Forester Mint Julep (gr. IIIT) June 6 at Churchill Downs.
Grade I winner Personal Diary and graded stakes winners Strike Charmer, I'm Already Sexy, and Aurelia's Belle head a competitive field of 12 entered for the June 6 Old Forester Mint Julep Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill.
Robert Masterson's Tepin led the field gate to wire for an easy victory in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Handicap (gr. IIT) Presented by Longines at Churchill Downs May 2.
Amerman Racing Stables' Coffee Clique will attempt to become the second mare to score a repeat victory in $300,000 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Presented by Longines (gr. IIT) when she takes on 12 rivals May 2 at Churchill.
Parranda is ready to run, and that should come as bad news to her nine rivals in the $150,000 Marshua's River Stakes (gr. IIIT) Jan. 10 at Gulfstream Park.
Courtlandt Farms' homebred Strike Charmer broke through at the graded level with a good rally Nov. 22, claiming the $119,700 Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.
|Trainer||Mark A. Hennig|
|Owner||Courtlandt Farms (Donald and Donna Adam)|
|Strike Charmer View Five-Cross Pedigree||Smart Strike||Mr. Prospector|
|Classy 'n Smart|
|Cat Charmer||Storm Cat|
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