Lindsay Jean Holds on for Brown Bess Win

(from track report)
Locally based Lindsay Jean took the lead from pacesetter Neon Queen entering the stretch and then held off Southern California invaders Bush Triumph and Crazy Ensign to win the $100,000 Brown Bess Handicap (gr. IIT) by 1 1/2 length Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

Ridden by Chad Schvaneveldt and trained by Art Sherman, Lindsay Jean took the 1 1/16-miles turf feature for fillies and mares in 1:44.35 on a damp Lakeside Course that was rated yielding.

"She's probably the most honest horse I've ever ridden," said Schvaneveldt. "She gives you her best every time. Sometimes it's good enough and sometimes it's not, but she always tries. She'll run on nails."

Lindsay Jean, a 5-year-old mare by Saint Ballado, has finished in the money in 16 of her 22 career races. Owned by Mr. and Mrs. Jerome S. Moss of Los Angeles, Lindsay Jean earned $55,000 for the Brown Bess win and the check increased her earnings to $261,035.

"She runs best when she has some time between races," said Sherman of Lindsay Jean, who hadn't raced since Nov. 30. "It was a perfect trip. I knew she was going easy. She just galloped to the lead. Dirt or turf, she runs on anything."

Lindsay Jean paid $15.40 to win as the fourth betting choice in a field of nine. Bush Triumph won a photo finish for second by a nose over 2-1 favorite Crazy Ensign.

(Chart, Equibase)