Princess Grace overcomes slow start to win ladies’ turf at Kentucky Downs E! News UK


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Princess Grace wins the Grade 3 Calumet Bourbon Ladies Turf at Kentucky Downs.



During a firm run to Kentucky Downs, Susan and John Moore’s Princess Grace escaped the starting gate last, patiently waited for an opening in the stretch, and fended off the challengers to win the Grade 3 Ladies Turf at Franklin Racecourse, Kentucky.

The 4-year-old filly entered the gate as the pole time favorite, but broke a slow step from the far post to run to the back of the field of nine at the start. Florent Geroux kept the filly on track as Sara Sea set early fractions of: 23.02 for the first quarter and: 46.06 for the half mile. As they approached the final corner, Princess Causeway pulled in a tie with Sara Sea, Princess Grace behind them on the rail.

In the stretch, Sara Sea kept a short lead over Princess Causeway. The favorite accelerated, taking the lead and leaving space between her and the challengers who rushed at her from the outside.

As they moved closer to the wire, Geroux managed to keep Princess Grace off the pitch, with Dalika quickly closing in on her on the outside. Over he was the favorite by half length, with Dalika second and Abscond third. Shifty She, Princess Causeway, She’sonthewarpath, Summer in Saratoga, Sara Sea and Querelle rounded out the pack.

The final time for the one-mile Ladies Turf was 1: 34.25. Find the table of this race here.

Princess Grace paid $ 4.20, $ 2.60 and $ 2.20. Dalika paid $ 4.40 and $ 3.00. Getting away paid $ 3.40.

By Karakontie and the mare Silent Name Masquerade, Princess Grace was bred in Kentucky by her owners. She is coached by Michael Stidham. Her victory in the G3 Ladies Turf gives her a perfect 3-for-3 record in 2021, for a lifetime record of six wins in seven starts and career payouts of $ 886,860.

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