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Stormy Lucy Romps In Miss America
Stormy Lucy stormed away from her seven rivals in the stretch and posted a four-length victory in $53,700 Miss America Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
Carrying jockey Isaias Enriquez to his first victory at the fall meeting, Stormy Lucy won the 1 1/16-mile turf feature for fillies and mares in 1:44.78 and paid $9.40 as the 7-2 second choice in the wagering.
Halo Dolly, the 3-5 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, took second by 1 1/4 lengths over Lady Aspen.
“That was a nice way to break my maiden (at the meeting),” said Enriquez, who had Stormy Lucy in fourth place down the backstretch and then eased her to the lead coming into the stretch.
“I just waited for the right time to make my move,” said Enriquez. “She was on the bit and when I tapped her a few times, she just zoomed away. The way she was finishing, I knew nobody was going to be able to catch me.”
Halo Dolly had to wait for racing room in the stretch but eventually got through along the rail.
“I not sure that, even if I had got through cleaner, I would have been able to beat the winner,” said Baze. “She ran pretty strong away from us. I certainly would have liked to have had some place to go about the five-sixteenths pole and see if I could have made her work for it more. I just had to wait, wait, wait, and when I finally got some place to go, it was too late.”
Stormy Lucy, trained by Frank Lucarelli, improved to 2-for-2 on the Golden Gate Fields turf course. Last year, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Stormy Atlantic won the
1 1/16-mile Golden Poppy Stakes in similar off-the-pace fashion.
“Last year she had a great kick, so I was hoping to see that again and she did,” said Lucarelli, who has been racing Stormy Lucy in Southern California. “I was glad to see this race here because it was a good race to get her back on her game.”
Stormy Lucy, a 4-year-old filly owned by Erica Gaunt, earned $30,400 and has banked $247,950 in 17 career starts.
Racing continues at Golden Gate Fields Sunday. Post time is 12:45 p.m. and the track is offering $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 beers, $1 hot dogs, and $1 sodas.