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Lady Shipman Aces Season Debut

Midshipman filly gallops in Ladies Turf Sprint at Gulfstream, heads next to Dubai.

In her first start of the season and first for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, Randall Lowe's Lady Shipman was a comfortable winner of the $75,000 Ladies Turf Sprint at Gulfstream Park.

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Runner-up in the Oct. 31 TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) at Keeneland at the end of 2015 when still trained by Kathleen O'Connell for her breeder's Ranlo Investments, the 4-year-old Midshipman  filly raced again Feb. 6 and finished five furlongs in :58.14 on turf rated firm under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. She was moved to McLaughlin's barn to point toward the March 26 Al Quoz Sprint (UAE-I) at Meydan.

"It would be against the boys, like the Breeders' Cup, but she has proven she can do that," McLaughlin said. "She's a very talented filly."

Lady Shipman won six stakes in 2015 and only missed the Turf Sprint by a neck, and her record stands at 9-2-2 from 13 starts. She paid $2.40, $2.10. and $2.10 in the Ladies Turf Sprint as the overwhelming favorite against seven rivals. Katie's Kiss was second by 2 3/4 lengths ($7, $3.40), and Jewel of a Cat finished third after prompting the winner ($2.40).

Bred in Kentucky out of the Mutakddim mare Sumthingtotalkabt, Lady Shipman was a $35,000 RNA at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. 2014 spring sale of 2-year-olds in training when consigned by Pleasant Acres Farm. She has won $583,905.