Like A Butterfly Scores Knockout Debut
A ferocious move on the turn by Like A Butterfly proved to be a knockout blow as she romped to a six-length victory in her debut at the Fair Grounds. A two-year-old daughter of Two Punch, Like A Butterfly broke well then settled through the first quarter-mile. With potential traffic trouble looming, jockey Lonnie Meche shot Like A Butterfly between horses heading into the turn, and she accelerated with ease to gain the lead. Like A Butterfly opened a daylight lead at the top of the stretch then widened her margin with every stride through the lane.
Trainer Dallas Stewart's assistant Skip said, "Our filly was very professional in the paddock and in the post parade. We were a little concerned she might be a little keyed up the way she worked last time from the gate, but she was very settled today. She was much the best. We didn't have her as tight as she could be, so she got a little tired in the last sixteenth of a mile, but Lonnie (Meche) said she was tough to pull up after the race. She cooled out great after the race."
Jockey Lonnie Meche said, "My filly broke very well and settled for me. I was hoping that the eleven horse would drop over and let me sit just off her. She came over a little, but she left a hole. My brother was riding that filly, and I think he knew my filly was going to be tough to beat. I didn't want to get my filly in tight heading into the turn and risk getting her stopped, so I decided to send her through the hole. I figured if I put them away early they weren't going to come and get me, so I wanted to make a winning move. It turned out exactly as I hoped it would."
Like A Butterfly earned $24,000 in her debut effort. We will take a hard look at the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Lassie on December 8th at the Fair Grounds for Like A Butterfly's next start.