“That ladies and gentleman may have been the tightest photo finish in Grand Circuit history,” Said Lexington’s Red Mile track announcer Sam McKee.
And McKee was not “whistling Dixie” as the photo finish camera was put to good use in the fifth race $74,300 International Stallion Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies.
Coming down the stretch, A La Notte Hanover, driven by Yannick Gingras, was in the lead with Rosie De View (Ron Pierce) on the outside and My Lady Day (Andy Miller) trapped in third place along the rail. Angedada (Corey Callahan) had tipped three-wide on the final turn and Instant Respect was also in the hunt for driver Tim Tetrick.
Coming to the wire, Andy Miller barely found clearance with My Lady Day and squeezed between A La Notte Hanover and Rosie De View as five of the seven starters in the race all crossed the wire noses apart.
When the photo finish was official it was My Lady Day and Andy Miller winning by a nose over Instant Respect by a nose over Anegada by a nose over Rosie De View by a nose and poor A La Notte Hanover ended up finishing fifth by a head.
The time of the one mile race was 1:52.1 and it was an extra special win for My Lady Day as it was her maiden victory. The daughter of Western Ideal posted her first win in eight starts for trainer Joe Holloway and the Val D’Or Farms of Millstone, NJ. Sent off at odds of 8-1, My Lady Day paid $19.80 to win.
“It was very close,” Andy Miller said, “I barely had room for the wheels of my bike to get through.”
By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com