ANDERSON, Ind.-July 25, 2014 - While she may have played the bridesmaid in her first start against stakes company, Im The Real Lady found the winner's circle when it mattered most as she shined in the featured event, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 25.
With driverat the lines, Im The Real Lady was able to overcome a tough, first-over trip to score the second win of her career in a lifetime best performance of 1:54.3.
Leaving from the coveted rail position, Im The Real Lady was eased off the gate to settle along the rail in fifth while the rest of the field sorted out early positions.had Flight Cancelled dialed in as he sent her to the front through an opening panel in :28.4. Shady Linds and were well placed while Aristobrat Hanover and found good, early position third along the rail from post nine.
Flight Cancelled dictated fractions of :58.1 and 1:26.4 before ever feeling pressure from the rest of the field. Unable to wait any longer, Wrenn gave Im The Real Lady the green light heading into the final turn and they began their long first-over journey to the front with Ashok Ace andin tow. The field began to tighten as they rounded the final turn and it was a cavalry charge to the wire.
With the even money favorite Feetonthedashboard andmaking a costly break around the final turn, the race appeared to be wide open. Im The Real Lady had reached the leader's wheel half-way down the stretch and dug in gamely to put a nose in front at the wire. Flight Cancelled held on for the second place honors while Aristobrat Hanover took advantage of a ground saving trip to round out the trifecta. Sent off at odds of 4-1, Im The Real Lady returned $10.00 at the betting window.
"The trip wasn't perfect but she was on her game tonight," Wrenn noted after the win. "She's a pretty handy little filly that is just starting to learn how to race and come into her own."
Trained and Owned by, the daughter of -Hysterical Lady has now won two of three career starts while amassing $47,100 in career earnings. Im The Real Lady won her career debut at Hoosier Park and followed that performance up with a second place finish in her elimination round of the Indiana Sires Stakes action last week.
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, July 26 with a 14-race card highlighted by the $22,000 Invitational Pace. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the live racing schedule will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 15.
by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park