Arlene’s Sun Star Stable’s Miss Sky Warrior came into Saturday’s Grade 2 Gazelle Stakes at Aqueduct the heavy favorite off four consecutive victories and she emerged as one of the leading contenders for the Kentucky Oaks on May 5. Under Paco Lopez, the 3-year-old daughter of First Samurai ran away from her eight woefully overmatched rivals to win the Gazelle in a 13-length romp, covering 1 1/8 miles on a fast track in 1:51.71.
Lockdown finished second, with Full House third and Stay Fond fourth. The only suspense was whether stewards would have the audacity to disqualify Miss Sky Warrior from her victory after Rajiv Maragh, the rider of Full House claimed foul, alleging interference going into the first turn. Stewards allowed the original order of finish to stand.
Trained by Kelly Breen, Miss Sky Warrior broke her maiden going six furlongs last Oct. 15 at Parx Racing in her second career start. She then went to Aqueduct and won the G3 Tempted on Nov. 5 and G2 Demoiselle on Nov. 26 before spending the winter months at Palm Meadows in South Florida. In her lone start at Gulfstream Park, Miss Sky Warrior took the G2 Davona Dale by a half length.
Miss Sky Warrior broke on top in the Gazelle and controlled all the fractions, going the opening quarter mile in :23.63, the half-mile in :47.37 and six furlongs in 1:11.37 under pressure from Lockdown, winner of the Busanda Stakes for Bill Mott in January. She shook free from that rival on the turn for home, the mile in 1:37.72, then made it look as though the rest of the field were racing in quicksand as she drew off to the victory.
Produced from the Conquistador Cielo mare, Sky Minister, Miss Sky Warrior was bred in Kentucky by Arlene London.
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