Alpha Delta Stables’ Lewis Bay took the lead out of the starting gate in Saturday’s G3 Turnback the Alarm Stakes, and despite consistent pace pressure and quick first fractions she pulled away down the stretch to win by nearly five lengths on the wire. The 3-year-old daughter of Bernardini, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., covered the 1 1/16 miles over Belmont’s fast main track in 1:42.09 for trainer Chad Brown.
“That was a little bit of a different running style for her,” Brown said. “I left it up to Irad in the paddock, she’s been a horse that’s had such a good season, yet we’re still trying to figure out some things about her. The cutback in the [Grade 1] Test. A couple of races she moved to her left lead in the lane and waited on horses when she made the lead. It seems she has a lot of natural ability but she’s not quite a finished product yet. Today, Irad took a chance and went to the lead and said she relaxed beautifully and that was the best she’s really traveled and best she’s finished with that setup so it all worked out.”
Lewis Bay had a very good start to earn the first call out of the gate, taking up a half-length lead over Linda Mimi down the backstretch. Lewis Bay’s early fraction of :23.46 and :47.36 would be cleverly negated by Ortiz’s ride, as he slowed her down to mark three-quarters in 1:12.55, keeping the filly relaxed despite increasing pressure from Innovative Idea and Smartly Agree.
By the time the field reached the top of the stretch, Lewis Bay had jumped away again to a 1 1/2-length lead, and she simply continued to extend her margin flawlessly down the lane. Flora Dora made up a great deal of ground to close that margin to just five lengths on the wire, but had been too far back early to ever be in danger of challenging the winner. Eskenformoney finished third.
“She’s a nice filly,” Ortiz said. “Today, she got an easy spot and broke on top. I didn’t fight her too much, and she showed her [class]. She felt relaxed and gave me a lot at the end, so I’m really happy with her.”
Bred in Kentucky by her owners, Lewis Bay is out of a graded stakes-winning daughter of Summer Squall. She had been consigned to the Keeneland September sale as a yearling, but was an RNA at $ 170,000. Now the winner of three graded stakes, Lewis Bay boasts earnings of over $ 750,000, with four wins from nine starts in her career.
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