Sligo Bay's Lexie Lou Back to Best in G2 Nassau S.
In her first victory since her Canadian Horse of the Year season in 2014, Gary Barber's Lexie Lou sprang a 12-1 upset of Sunday's Grade 2 Nassau Stakes at Woodbine.
Racing over the firm turf, the 5-year-old daughter of Sligo Bay
covered a mile in 1:32.98 for trainer Mark Casse, defeating eight other fillies and mares.
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Breaking sharply under jockey Patrick Husbands, Lexie Lou was initially in second, but settled back to third behind Moon Rainbow and stablemate Mississippi Delta through the early fractions of :23.07 and :45.26. With Fuscetta taking up the tail end of the leading group of four, there were then six lengths back to the next horse approaching the far turn. Husbands maintained a clear course for Lexie Lou along the outside as the field began to turn for home.
Within a length of the front-running Moon Rainbow, Lexie Lou was closing stoutly while three-wide, but appeared to hang for several strides at the head of the lane, allowing Mississippi Delta to gain the lead over Moon Rainbow. With steady urging from Husbands, Lexie Lou ground away at her stablemate, finally passing her within the final sixteenth of a mile and skipping away to win by about a length. Mississippi Delta held second over the late-charging Strut the Course, and Moon Rainbow held on to be fourth.
“You've got to let her do what she wants to do," said Husbands. "Last time when I rode her, nobody wanted the lead, and she took the lead and quit. She's happy to be back home. She's a nice filly. She's a little champion.”
Bred in Ontario by Paradox Farm, Lexie Lou was a $5,576 purchase at the Canadian-bred September Yearling Sale. She earned Sovereign Award honors as champion 3-year-old filly, grass mare, and horse of the year in 2014, and has now improved her career record to eight wins from 21 starts, with earnings of approximately $1.6 million.
-edited from www.paulickreport.com