Lear's Princess runs second in Alabama(G1)
Lear's Princess confirmed herself as one of the top three-year-old fillies in the country running a huge second in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes(G1). Lear's Princess broke well and settled into a comfortable rhythm in sixth through the first three-quarters of a mile. Eibar Coa launched a wide move with Lear's Princess on the turn, and Lear's Princess quickly moved into contention. The race turned into a three horse battle down the lane with Octave first to give way as Lady Joanne and Lear's Princess kicked clear of her. Lear's Princess continued grinding away at Lady Joanne through the lane and continued to whittle away at her advantage to the wire. However, Lear's Princess fell a neck short. Lady Joanne and Lear's Princess brushed a couple jumps before the wire, and there was also a stewards inquiry into whether Lady Joanne interfered with Octave. After about a five-minute review, the results remained unchanged.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said, "The filly ran great. She was a little wide on the turn, but she ran hard. I thought we might get there, but we fell just a little short. When the inquiry went up, I looked really hard at the replay. I thought it was fifty-fifty as to whether or not they would disqualify the winner. I can't complain about their decision. It could have gone either way."
Jockey Eibar Coa said, "My filly tried so hard. She is a really good three-year-old, but I think she might be an unbelievable four-year-old. She still has some things to learn. You can feel her still figuring some things out. She was better today, and I knew her a little better. That helped, but she might be dynamite when she really runs a complete race."
Lear's Princess, a three-year-old daughter of Lear Fan, now has a career record of 3-2-0 from five career starts, and her earnings stand at $279,100.