BALTIMORE, 05-17-13---Three Lyons Racing’s Sensible Lady split rivals closing in on the finish line and surged to win the $100,000 The Very One Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.
Angel Serpa maneuvered the Tim Salzman trainee through traffic and reached the finish line in 56.57 seconds for the five-furlong distance on the firm turf to capture the stakes for fillies and mares for the second year in a row. California-shipper Nechez Dawn took second and longshot Donna Getyourgun finished third.
Sensible One paid $9.20. Besides winning the Very One Stakes last year, the Street Sense filly also won the Buckland at Colonial Downs, the Jenny Wade at Penn National and Coronation Cup at Saratoga in 2012.
THE VERY ONE STAKES
Tim Salzman (trainer, Sensible Lady, winner)– “Her first start this year at Keeneland (Giant’s Causeway), she just doesn’t fit there because that course is more sandy than this one. She’s just amazing. She got shut off 50 yards from the wire and still got there. She is a Street Sense, so I’d like to stretch her out and look for better races.”
Angel Serpa (jockey, Sensible Lady, winner)– “We had a hard trip because she broke a little bit slow. I just wanted to save ground. Turning for home, we had a lot of horse and I had no choice but to go. I just asked her to run at the eighth-pole and she responded so well. She gave me everything. She’s nice filly and she showed she has a big heart.”
Ruben Loza (assistant to trainer Jeff Bonde, Nechez Dawn, 2nd)– “She ran well. She hasn’t run in a while and is fresh. I was happy with the way she ran.”
About Pimlico Race Course
Historic Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness® Stakes, the middle jewel in horse racing's famed Triple Crown, first opened its doors on October 25, 1870, and is the second oldest racetrack in the United States. Pimlico has played host to racing icons and Baltimoreans have seen the likes of legendary horses such as Man o’ War, Seabiscuit, Secretariat, Affirmed and Cigar thunder down the stretch in thrilling and memorable competition. For more information on Pimlico, visit www.pimlico.com.
Pimlico Race Course is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horse racing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horse racing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.