Saturday's $100,000 First Lady Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park will mark the 2004 debut of Follow Me Home and a return to the place that launched a 5-for-12 season for the filly.Robert Braunsdorf and Robert Levine's 4-year-old won the five furlong Dame Mysterieuse Stakes last season for trainer Joe Catanese before Levine took her back and rattled off four straight wins at Monmouth Park.
"I think some of what happened was just good luck," said Levine, who has shared training duties at different times this past year with his son, Bruce. "You can't win that many races in a row without good luck. There's usually just too much that can go wrong in a race for it to be otherwise."
Follow Me Home's run of victories included three stakes races in New Jersey. Her speedy style caught up with her as the summer turned to autumn, but she did manage a second in the Safely Kept Breeders' Cup (gr. II) at Pimlico in one of her best non-winning efforts of the year."
"I think she just really matured turning from 2 to 3 years old," said Levine. "She just made that big jump in her life that we often see our children make. Some will stay low for some time then all of a sudden they zoom up both in their size and in their heads. I think that happened for her last summer."
Levine said the 4-year-old daughter of Cobra King would work at Gulfstream Monday morning to prepare for the race.