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2010 La Lorgnette Stakes at Woodbine

Owner Brereton C. Jones leads Biofuel to the winner's circle after the 2010 La Lorgnette Stakes at Woodbine.
Date: 5/23/2010

The feature race on Sunday at Woodbine was the $150,000 La Lorgnette Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. A field of 7 went 1 1/16 miles over the Polytrack on a sunny afternoon with temperatures in the high 70's. As expected, champion juvenile filly Biofuel was sent off as the 3-10 favorite off a 2 length win in the Star Shoot Stakes last out after finishing a close fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in November. In to challenge her included 5-1 second choice Ernfold, exiting an allowance win over the Keeneland turf in April, and 8-1 third choice Empire Spring, who broke her maiden last out at Keeneland and was making her stakes debut.

Biofuel takes the lead in the stretch.

47-1 longest shot Witch's Coven battled for the lead with 11-1 Moment of Majesty first time past the stands and around the clubhouse turn through slow fractions of 25.34 and 50.21. Jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva kept favorite Biofuel in last early, about 4 lengths off the pace. Entering the far turn, Ernfold, who had stalked the pace in third, came through on the inside to take the lead, through 3/4 in 1:14.55, and opened up a 2 length advantage in mid-stretch. However, Biofuel came out six wide into the lane to pass tiring horses, easily swept past Ernfold inside the 1/8 pole, and finished up a length in front under a hand ride in 1:45.49. It was 2 lengths back to Moment of Majesty third.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 1   Biofuel            Da Silva         2.60    2.10  2.10
 3   Ernfold            McAleney                 3.00  2.60
 2   Moment of Majesty  Landry                         3.30

Winning Time:  1:45.49

$2 Exacta 1-3                 6.90
$2 Trifecta 1-3-2            28.80
Results chart

Left: Biofuel in the winner's circle. Her jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva said, "I was very confident I was riding the best horse. I was just asking her to be patient. She was just breezing (in the stretch). She's a great horse."

Left: Biofuel in the paddock before ther race.

Right: Biofuel in the post parade. The Reade Baker-trained daughter of Stormin Fever raced well off the pace under da Silva, circled 6-wide on the far turn, then powered to the front at the 1/8 pole. She improved her record to 4 wins in 7 starts, earning $495,400 for owner-breeder Brereton C. Jones.

Left: Second place finisher Ernfold in the post parade. The 5-1 second choice raced in third early under regular rider Jim McAleney, came through on the rail to open a 2 length lead in the stretch but was no match for the winner, beaten 1 length at the line. The Roger Attfield-trained daughter of Stormy Atlantic improved her record to 2 wins, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds in 6 starts, earning $176,380 for owners Jim and Susan Hill.

Right: Third place finisher Moment of Majesty returns after the race. The 11-1 fourth choice took over the lead on the clubhouse turn under jockey Robert Landry, set a slow pace to the far turn, and finished all-out to hold third beaten 3 lengths. The Sue Leslie-trained daughter of Saint Liam improved her record to 2 wins, 0 seconds, and 2 thirds in 7 starts, earning $140,917 for owner-breeder Curtis Joseph.

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