In a dramatic closing stretch drive, Precocious Beauty and driver Doug McNair was able to edge Gallie Bythe Beach and driver John Campbell in the final strides to the wire in winning the $451,000 final of the She’s A Great Lady Stakes at Mohawk Raceway Saturday.
The 5th race co-feature started off with Sodoku and driver Jim Morrill, Jr. shooting to the early lead from post five with Gallie Bythe Beach taking the two-hole and Ali Blue (Yannick Gingras) caught parked out after trying to leave from post nine as they went to the opening quarter in :26.2.
Gingras was then able to get into the two-hole spot with Ali Blue behind Sodoku by the half in :54 but Campbell was not going to sit with Gallie Bythe Beach as they were on the move and took the lead away from Sodoku.
Then just as they were approaching the three-quarters, Precocious Beauty and McNair has come out to mount a charge and just at the three-quarters in 1:22.2, Ali Blue and Gingras came first-over and gave Precocious Beauty live cover around the final turn.
As they started down the stretch, Gallie Bythe Beach and Campbell had the lead as McNair had tipped three-wide with Precocious Beauty but was two lengths off the leader. Slowly but surely as they raced down the stretch, Precocious Beauty ate up ground, collared Gallie Bythe Beach and came on at the wire to win by a neck in 1:50.2. Beach Gal (Scott Zeron) closed to be third with Ali Blue fourth.
“There was lots of speed up front tonight,” McNair said, “I figured I could race her any way I wanted to and it worked out great. It’s just awesome to be here.”
Her time tied Precocious Beauty’s lifetime mark and tied the stakes record for the She’s A Great Lady. It was the fourth win in six lifetime starts for the daughter of Art Major from the great Jate Lobell mare, Precious Beauty. She is trained by Doug’s father, R. Gregg McNair and is owned by James Avritt of Lebanon, KY. Sent off as the 6/5 betting favorite, Precocious Beauty paid $4.60 to win.
“She (Precocious Beauty) has one more stake up here next week,” R Gregg McNair said. “Then she has three weeks off and then we race in Kentucky and then hopefully the Breeders Crown.”
By Steve Wolf