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Lear's Princess runs second Endeavour(G3)

February 16, 2008 · By · Share

Lear's Princess returned to the races and showed that she is back with a vengeance running a fast closing second beaten a nose in the $150,000 Endeavour Breeders' Cup(G3) at Tampa Bay Downs.  On a turf course favoring speed, champion Dreaming Of Anna got away to a relatively unpressured lead cutting a quarter-mile in 24.1 and a half-mile in a tepid 48.3.  Eibar Coa, aboard Lear's Princess, kept her within striking range early while under firm restraint.  As the pace quickened into the turn for home, Lear's Princess began to launch her rally while joined on the outside by eventual third-place finisher Meribel.  Lear's Princess began to gradually reduce the deficit, and she loomed large entering the stretch.  Dreaming Of Anna tried to kick away at the top of the lane, and Lear's Princess had to switch out to make her run.  When she got clear in the final furlong, Lear's Princess showed her explosive kick and began to close like a runaway freight train in the center of the track.  Unfortunately, time ran out as Lear's Princess fell a nose short on the wire.  If the race were a foot longer, we would have won the bob.

Assistant trainer Neal McLaughlin, who saddled Lear's Princess and accompanied her on the trip, said, "We are back.  You never know how horses will respond when you bring them back, but she showed that same explosiveness.  The winner is a very nice filly, and she got away with very soft fractions.  It's hard to run down any horse when they get away with an easy lead like that, and it's even harder when that horse happens to be a champion.  I really thought we won the race.  She exploded in the stretch, and she moves so well over the turf.  If the wire is another jump later we win the race.  We are going to have an unbelievable amount of fun with her this year."

Jockey Eibar Coa said, "My filly ran a winning race.  She was pretty keen early, but she came back to me.  When I asked her for her run she gave it to me.  The winner didn't get any pressure early, but we were getting to her quickly.  We just ran out of ground."

No immediate plans for Lear's Princess have been set.  The four-year-old daughter of Lear Fan made her first start since last year's Breeders' Cup Distaff(G1).  The Grade 1 winning Lear's Princess now has four wins and three seconds from eight career starts.  Her career earnings now stand at $459,100.

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