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Afleet Alex filly just grand in G3 victory

Saturday, September 24, 2011 |

Moving “like a complete freight train,” La Gran Bailadora swept from last to first to win the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Distaff (G3) going away on September 24 at Turfway Park. [watch race]

The 4-year-old filly from the first crop by Afleet Alex was winning her first Graded stakes, second career stakes, in the premier event for fillies and mares on Kentucky Cup Day. 

TVG commentators were effusive in their praise for La Gran Bailadora, with Mike Joyce hollering “she’s moving like a complete freight train” as the field barreled toward the wire, and Tom Amoss chiming in afterwards, “this filly knows how to get it done.”

A homebred racing for Tracy Farmer, La Gran Bailadora was the second choice of the crowd in the field of seven. Breaking from the one-hole and carrying co-highweight of 120 lbs., La Gran Bailadora was content to bide her time, racing at the back of the pack through the first three quarters. On the far turn, jockey Corey Lanerie asked her to go, and go she did, gobbling up ground and passing horses while circling the field. La Gran Bailadora caught the leader inside the furlong marker, and drew off for a one-length victory. She stopped the clock in 1:44.90, second best time of the day for 8 ½ furlongs.

Trained by Mike Maker, who had a superb Kentucky Cup Day, the bay filly out of Affirmed Dancer, by Affirmed, now sports a record of 19-5-3-3 and $205,699. Earlier this year she won the Likely Exchange S., also at Turfway, and placed in the Arlington Matron S. (G3), Wintergreen S., and Fairway Fun S.

Afleet Alex is the leading lifetime third crop sire in his siring crop by stakes winners and Graded stakes winners.