Saturday, January 14, 2012 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, Ky., Jan. 14, 2012 – Lou's Angel drew in off the also-eligible list to contest the Wishing Well Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday and took the opportunity from gate to wire, winning the six furlong race for older fillies and mares by 1 3/4 lengths. Hot Hot Mama closed fast to be second, a neck ahead of fellow closer and 7-2 favorite Double Espresso.
The $50,000 Wishing Well was the first stakes win for Lou's Angel and the first for her owner, Mrs. Lou Diekemper.
Lou's Angel "broke like a rocket" from her outside post in the field of 11, said jockey Rodney Prescott. Within half a furlong she was cruising in the two path with Helen Belen a head back along the rail. Lou's Angel widened her advantage over Helen Belen to three lengths, saw the latter give way in the stretch, and with ears up gave back some of her margin to the closers in the final strides.
Lou's Angel set all the pace, ticking off the quarters in :22.49 and :46.02 before finishing in 1:11.95.
"[The post] wasn't really a concern," said Prescott, who was aboard for his second ride on the big bay mare. "She broke a little bad last time, so I was kind of happy about drawing the outside today. There were a couple in there that looked like they had some speed, but she broke so good and we just took it as it came. She really ran a good race."
The Wishing Well was the fourth start for Lou's Angel off a nearly year-long layoff that began in November 2010. She won her first start back before finishing off the board in her next two starts, but trainer Ron Kahles was not concerned about her readiness for the Wishing Well.
"I knew if she got the lead she'd be all right," Kahles said. "We've been trying to run her in stakes and just hadn't had the money earned on her. We've been waiting for this one. She's a nice mare. I don't think she's gotten the credit, but she really is. She won easy, not blowing hard—I'm really happy with her. We love this mare."
Fourth and following were last year's winner Hungry Tigress, Helen Belen, Lunar Mist, M. McGonagall, Gracious, Ratoath Special, Quite Explosive, and Miss Silver Brook. Hyperlink, Networking, and P. S. I Love You were scratched by their trainers.
Lou’s Angel paid $16.60, $8.20 and $6 as the 7-1 fifth choice.
Bred in Kentucky by John T. L. Jones Jr., Lou's Angel is by Cactus Ridge out of Natural Genius, by Beau Genius. She has earned $113,712 in 13 career starts, including five wins, one second, and one third.
Racing continues at Turfway on Sunday at 1:10 p.m.