Saturday, December 1, 2012 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, Ky., Dec. 1, 2012 – Slim Shady’s Lady ignited the tote board in the $50,000 Holiday Inaugural Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday, setting a blistering pace to score by a neck at odds of 36-1. Queen's Award was second, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Lotta Lovin in third.
A 3-year-old Indiana-bred filly, Slim Shady’s Lady broke from post six under Ben Creed, dared her rivals with fractions of :21.90, :44.75, and :57.46, and dug in to finish the six furlongs in 1:11.11.
Queen's Award, the 5-2 favorite, raced in good position off the pace, went after Slim Shady’s Lady in deep stretch, and ran out of time. Lotta Lovin was far back early and made a strong late run of her own. Sally Sally completed the $10,570 Superfecta.
Robert Martinez, brother and assistant to trainer Ralph Martinez, was in to saddle the filly. "She's always fast—always 21, 44 (seconds)," he said. "I told the jockey that some of the horses in here, they got 21 speed, but usually never 44. They usually go about 46. A lot of the speed in the race has been going a mile, so I told him, we break, send, get out there, and if they catch us, they catch us. I was a little scared when she went 21 but she opened up on them."
The Holiday Inaugural, written for fillies and mares, was the first stakes win for Slim Shady’s Lady. It also was her first race on an all-weather surface and her first with Creed in the irons.
"She was rolling," said Creed. "I've never been on her before and I thought it could go either way, but she runs her best races when she shows a lot of speed, so I knew if I broke good and got as close to the lead as I could or on the lead, that would be my best shot."
Fifth and following were Dreamin Big, Credit Crunch, Formal Plan, Rattlin Gypsy, Lou's Angel, Whisked Away, Halloween Party, and Action Lady. Yankee Union was scratched by her trainer. Anna Sophia did not draw in off the also-eligible list and was scratched.
Slim Shady's Lady paid $74, $26.60, and $15.40.
Slim Shady's Lady was bred by Martin Stables Inc. and is by Spanish Steps out Always Devilish, by Devil His Due. She has five wins, two seconds, and two thirds in 12 starts and has earned $171,397 for owners Herbert and Darlene Likens.
Racing continues Sunday at Turfway at 1:10 p.m.