Southlawn (f, 3, Pioneerof the Nile–Mo d'Amour, by Uncle Mo), a runaway, eight-length optional claiming winner at Fair Grounds with first-time Lasix in her sophomore debut Feb. 17, ran back to that effort in a big way to upset Saturday's GII Fair Grounds Oaks.
Drawn on the fence, the 7-1 chance trailed the field of five heading into the clubhouse turn. Southlawn traveled nicely in an inside fourth down the backstretch and set her sights on the top two as they straightened.
Last out GII Rachel Alexandra S. heroine and 'TDN Rising Star' Pretty Mischievous (Into Mischief) took over from favored Hoosier Philly (Into Mischief) and looked well on her way as they straightened, but Southlawn was just winding up. Tipped out into the clear, Southlawn came rolling over the top to win going away by 3 1/4 lengths. Pretty Mischievous was second; The Alys Look (Connect) was third.
Southlawn, fifth as the favorite behind champion Wonder Wheel (Into Mischief) going 5 1/2 furlongs on debut at Churchill June 3, was a five-length maiden winner going a mile at second asking with blinkers added in an Ellis off-the-turfer July 31. Thrown right into the deep end, she was a well-beaten seventh in the GIII Pocahontas S. at Churchill Sept. 17. Switched to grass facing allowance company in her next two, she was off the board on both occasions, finishing ninth at Keeneland Oct. 28 and fifth in her juvenile finale at Churchill Nov. 20.
Southlawn, a $290,000 KEESEP yearling, becomes the 25th graded/48th stakes winner for the late Pioneerof the Nile. Broodmare sire Uncle Mo is now responsible for four graded winners and 11 stakes winners. SW & MGSP Mo d'Amour, a half-sister to MGSP Colonial Creed (Jimmy Creed), is also represented by a Quality Road colt of 2021 ($300,000 KEESEP yearling) and a Constitution colt of this year. Mo d'Amour, a $22,000 KEESEP yearling and $75,000 OBSMAR juvenile, outran her 37-1 odds to finish fifth in the 2016 GI Kentucky Oaks. She carried the colors of WinStar for her 4-year-old campaign after being purchased privately from King of Prussia Stable.
Saturday, Fair Grounds
FAIR GROUNDS OAKS PRESENTED BY FASIG-TIPTON-GII, $376,000, Fair Grounds, 3-25, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m, 1:44.38, ft.
1–SOUTHLAWN, 122, f, 3, by Pioneerof the Nile
1st Dam: Mo d'Amour (SW & MGSP, $311,360), by Uncle Mo
2nd Dam: Neverthesame, by Scat Daddy
3rd Dam: Salut d'Amour (Ire), by Danehill Dancer (Ire)
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. ($290,000
Ylg '21 KEESEP). O-Robert E. Masterson; B-WinStar Farm, LLC
(KY); T-Norm W. Casse; J-Reylu Gutierrez. $240,000. Lifetime
Record: 7-3-0-0, $318,369. Werk Nick Rating: A+++.
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2–Pretty Mischievous, 122, f, 3, Into Mischief–Pretty City
Dancer, by Tapit. O/B-Godolphin (KY); T-Brendan P. Walsh.
$80,000. 'TDN Rising Star'.
3–The Alys Look, 122, f, 3, Connect–Foul Play,
by Harlan's Holiday. 1ST GRADED BLACK TYPE. ($60,000 Ylg
'21 KEESEP). O-Ike and Dawn Thrash; B-G. Watts Humphrey
(KY); T-Brad H. Cox. $40,000.
Margins: 3 1/4, 3 3/4, 8 1/4. Odds: 7.70, 1.30, 4.40.
Also Ran: Hoosier Philly, Christian d'Oro.
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