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Lear's Princess runs third in Louisville Stakes(G2)

May 02, 2008 · By · Share

Time is measured in many ways.  From the earliest civilizations to today, measuring time has always been important.  Today, all of us associated with Lear's Princess sought to speed up time prior to the race.  With one eye on the clock and one eye on the sky, we all wished for post time to arrive sooner than the raindrops threatened by the massive bank of grey clouds.  Unfortunately, despite the power of positive thinking, the rain beat the post soaking the track moments before the race and altering the complexion of the $300,000 Louisville Stakes(G2).  Lear's Princess is not her best on an off track, but the late arriving rain came after scratch time for the race.  Lear's Princess broke well and settled in behind an extremely slow pace.  Lear's Princess sat fourth less than a length back through a half in 50.1.  Jockey Eibar Coa sought to advance Lear's Princess between horses at about the five-furlong mark, but she could not get through.  When the hole tightened up, Coa took her back and let her regain momentum.  He swung Lear's Princess wide heading into the turn, and she launched a four-wide bid.  However, eventual winner Ginger Punch got first run on Lear's Princess.  Compromised by the slow pace, wet track, and not getting first run, Lear's Princess was unable to sustain her bid and finished third.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said, ""I thought it was kind of a rough trip for us.  They went 50 for the half. It seemed like Eibar had a lot of horse, but he was in tight and saving ground.  The he had to go a little bit wide. They came home in 22 and change the last quarter, so it looks like maybe we were going to be third, no matter what.  Ginger Punch is a very nice filly.  She was 3-5 for a reason."

Jockey Eibar Coa said, ""I had a good trip.  I just wish they went a little faster early. It was a bad situation for me. They were going too slow. There was nothing I could do but stay close. I was close, but when they got going, they got away from me."

A four-year-old daughter of Lear Fan, Lear's Princess now has four wins, three seconds, and a third from ten career races.  Her earnings now stand at over $490,000. 

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