TDN RISING STARS

July 20, 2018 - Saratoga, Race 5, Msw, USD $85,000, 5 1/2F

Lyrical Lady, F, 2, 2016 by More Than Ready

1st Dam: La Song (GSP, $138,936), by Unbridled's Song
2nd Dam: Yachats, by Forest Camp
3rd Dam: You'renotlistening, by Kennedy Road

Owner: Phoenix Thoroughbred III
Breeder: Centaur Farms, Inc. (KY)
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen

Lyrical Lady (f, 2, More Than Ready–La Song, by Unbridled’s Song), dismissed at 6-1 despite her $625,000 purchase price at OBS March (:20 3/5), ran to her price tag rather than her tote attention to score a dominant debut victory worthy of the ‘TDN Rising Star’ nod. Away on top in this loaded-looking event, the dark bay clicked off splits of :22.29 and :45.49 before shaking free of her nearest pursuer in upper stretch and pouring it on to the tune of 5 3/4 lengths. She stopped the clock in 1:04.24. She’s Got It All (Warrior’s Reward) nosed out a green Winandyourin Gin (Into Mischief) for second. Favored Todd Pletcher firster Blahnik (Bernardini) was off very slowly and checked in 10th.

The winner’s dam La Song missed by a neck in the 2012 GIII Arlington-Washington Lassie S. and was acquired for $225,000 in foal to Animal Kingdom at the 2014 Keeneland November sale by the late Vernon Heath’s Centaur Farms. La Song has a yearling filly by The Factor and was bred to Lea this season. This is the extended female family of local GI Hopeful S. winner Currency Swap (High Cotton).

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