Sligo Bay's Fairy Hill Leads Adena-Sired Sweep in Lady Angela Stakes

06.29.2018 -

The Sligo Bay daughter Fairy Hill, cutting back in distance after finishing fourth in the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks, launched a sustained rally while racing in between horses around the final turn and got up late to capture Friday’s 7-furlong Lady Angela Stakes by a neck.

The $100,000 Lady Angela, for Ontario-sired fillies, attracted a field of eight and was Fairy Hill’s first stakes victory. She defeated another Sligo Bay daughter, She's Got Fire with Stronach Stables Silent Name miss Zestina finishing third. 

“She was comfortable sitting where she was,” said jockey Jeffrey Alderson, who was riding his third career stakes winner and first at the meeting. “She let a couple of them go in front of her and she liked that. The game plan worked out there.”

Without A Doubt, breaking from post 7, had gone to the lead but was soon confronted by Zestina, who had rushed up after breaking from the 1-hole and led by two lengths through an opening quarter in :23.47.

The 17-1 Without A Doubt had moved up on the outside to lead by a head as the half-mile was reached in :46.36. But Zestina reclaimed the lead as they straightened out for the stretch drive, and still led through six furlongs in 1:10.84 with She’s Got Money and Fairy Hill in hot pursuit.

She’s Got Fire finished well to nail down the place money, a length to the good of Zestina but Fairy Hill was finishing strongest of all to claim the top prize.

“She’s maturing and she’s running really good. Hopefully she can keep that up and have bigger things to look forward to,” said Alderson.

Without A Doubt, Line of Vision and Bear Kitty rounded out the order of finish with the seven furlongs clocked in 1:23.22.

“We really liked this spot for her,” said trainer Norman McKnight. “I preferred something a little shorter for her as opposed to a route.”

-edited from, photo by Michael Burns
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