La Verdad

Letter to the Editor: A Woman Among Men

It was about 9:15 a.m. on a chilly day at Belmont and as I headed down the aisle towards the back door of Barn 44 for what felt like the 50th time since arriving at 5:15 a.m., a hot walker stopped me in my tracks saying with a laugh, "You two started neck and neck earlier, but now she has 10 lengths on you." The woman he was referring to was top trainer Linda Rice and he couldn't have summed her up much better. A client once compared Rice to...

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The Moment of Truth

Lady Shelia Stable’s La Verdad (Yes It’s True) went wire-to-wire to annex her fourth consecutive victory in Saratoga’s GII Honorable Miss H. Wednesday. The Empire-bred was sent off as the 6-5 second choice and set the pace along the rail as GI Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner and 4-5 pick Judy the Beauty (Ghostzapper) sat unusually close to the pace, right off La Verdad’s flank through an opening quarter in :22.47. Judy the Beauty dropped back a bit in the later stages of the backstretch and La Verdad...

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