Sean Mulryan’s Ballymore Lady lived up to her 7-5 favorite status by defeating Water Gap by one length in Tuesday’s $56,400 allowance feature at Churchill Downs.
Ridden by Julien Leparoux, Ballymore Lady rated off the pace set by Callie’s Joy in the 1 1/16-mile turf event. Callie’s Joy led the field through fractions of :24.22, :48.54 and 1:12.45 over the “firm” going. Water Gap, under Marco Camaque, moved up on even terms with Callie’s Joy at the head of the stretch but was soon joined by Ballymore Lady, who pushed by at midstretch.
The five-year-old mare improved her record to 11-4-1-2 with the victory and raised her earnings to $115,200. Trained by Eddie Kenneally, Ballymore Lady is a Kentucky-bred daughter of War Chant out of the Alydar mare Basking.
Ballymore Lady covered the distance in 1:47.37 and returned mutuels of $4.80, $3 and $2.60. Water Gap returned $9.60 and $5.40, while Callie’s Joy, who finished a neck back in third under Brian Hernandez, returned $3.60 to show.
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