J. David Richardson and Sandra New’s homebred Lady Edith, the third-longest shot in the field of nine 3-year-old fillies at odds of 24-1, surged past New Boss in deep stretch to post a neck victory in the second running of the $108,075 Mamzelle Overnight Stakes on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Tommy Drury Jr. and ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., Lady Edith covered the five furlongs on a firm Matt Winn Turf Course in :57.04. It was the first Churchill Downs stakes win for Drury.
The Wesley Ward-trained Wink led the field of nine through fractions of :22.50 and :45.66 with pressure from stablemate Amanzi Yimpilo (IRE) and New Boss tracking in third. Lady Edith broke last and had one horse beat leaving the turn. With a furlong left to run, New Boss surged to the front but Lady Edith, who was fun of run down the stretch, sliced her way through traffic between horses and rushed to the front in the final yards for the win.
“Everything that went wrong, went wrong except for the finish,” Drury said. “She broke slow, was stuck behind horses and never got into a good position until late. But, what can I say, I’m just so happy to win this race and win my first stakes win at Churchill Downs for these owners.”
The victory was worth $65,640 and increased Lady Edith’s earnings to $123,578 with a record of 6-3-0-0. Lady Edith is a daughter of Street Boss out of the Yankee Gentleman mare Lady Grantham and was bred in Kentucky by her owners.
Lady Edith returned $51.60, $22.80 and $11. New Boss, ridden by Adam Beschizza, returned $12.20 and $6.80 and finished a head in front of Navratilova who paid $5 to show under Julien Leparoux.
It was another neck back to Illegal Smile (IRE), who was followed in order by 3-2 favorite Goin’ Good, Inajiffy, Amanzi Yimpilo (IRE), Music City Star and Wink. Miss Mamba, Threatlevelmidnite (GB), Founder’s Day and Heart Full of Soul were scratched.
Tommy Drury, trainer of LADY EDITH (winner): “Everything that went wrong, went wrong except for the finish. She broke slow, was stuck behind horses and never got into a good position until late. But, what can I say, I’m just so happy to win this race and win my first stakes win at Churchill Downs for these owners. We sent her to Fair Grounds over the winter and she ran okay but then we decided to bring her home to Turfway. We were a little uncertain how she’d handle this turf course but she seemed to love it. These type of races are the reason why we get up each morning. The entire stretch she was trying to find a spot to go through and when she got through it was an unbelievable feeling.”
Brad Cox, trainer of GOIN’ GOOD (Fifth as 3-2 favorite): “She just didn’t fire today. She got a tough trip and ended up behind horses but she just didn’t quite have the closing kick once she found room in the stretch.”