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Afleet Alex filly wins Turway's Likely Exchange

Sunday, February 13, 2011 |
La Gran Bailadora won her third straight race and her first career stakes, taking the $50,000 Likely Exchange S. at Turfway Park on February 12 by 2 3/4-lengths. The 4-year-old filly is the second added-money winner this year and the 14th career stakes winner for Afleet Alex, who is far and away the nation's leading third crop sire of stakes winners.

Breaking from post nine in the one mile race on the Polytrack, La Gran Bailadora settled near the back of the 11 horse field for the first five furlongs. She came sweeping around horses on the turn but still needed to make up four lengths in the final furlong. The margin proved no problem as she continued her roll to fly by the leaders and win going away.

"She ran well. Looking at it on paper it looked like there'd be a quick pace, so the race set up good for her," said winning trainer Mike Maker. "We're very pleased—kept her win streak intact."

La Gran Bailadora is owned and bred by Tracy Farmer. She has certainly taken a liking to Turfway over the winter, winning a pair of allowance races, also at a mile, leading up to the Likely Exchange. She now has has four wins, one second, and two thirds in 13 starts for earnings of $105,889.

La Gran Bailadora is out of the Affirmed mare Affirmed Dancer, who also had a fondness for Turfway, winning the My Charmer S.