Undefeated Lenzi’s Lucky Lady Rolls in 100k Desert Vixen
Aug 3, 2019
Kathleen O’Connell Saddles 12th Florida Sire Stakes Winner
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Stonehedge LLC’s Lenzi’s Lucky Lady kept her undefeated record in tact with a dominating victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Desert Vixen at Gulfstream Park, providing trainer Kathleen O’Connell with her 12th career success in the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes Series.
The homebred juvenile daughter of With Distinction, who also provided Stonehedge’s Gil Campbell with his 12th FSS success, remained undefeated in three career starts with her second straight stakes victory.
“It’s always an awesome feeling,” O’Connell said. “I’ve always loved the Florida-bred program. Mr. [Gil] Campbell has been a big sponsor, a big help and a big boost to my career.”
The Desert Vixen, a six-furlong stakes for 2-year-old fillies sired by nominated stallions standing in Florida, co-headlined the Florida Sire Stakes card with the $100,000 Dr. Fager, a six-furlong open division sprint for 2-year-olds, won by Shooting Star Thoroughbreds LLC’s Chance It.
Lenzi’s Lucky Lady, who captured the June 28 Golden Isles stakes over a sloppy track, once again had no difficulty handling the off going for the first leg of the 2019 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes series. After she broke alertly from the starting gate, the 9-5 favorite was eased back from the pace hotly contested by Ms Big Spring, Two Sixty, Sonar and Marren’s Marvel along the backstretch. Heading into the far turn Jairo Rendon sent Lenzi’s Lucky Lady to the outside of horse and she made a sweeping move to take the lead on the turn into the stretch. The long-striding filly continued on to score by 4 ½ lengths.
"I know there was going to be a lot of speed in the race and that they were going to fight for the lead. So I said I've got to take my filly a little bit back. That worked perfect for her,” said Rendon, who is in the midst of a highly successful first Summer Meet at Gulfstream. "She's a nice filly. The first time I breezed her I really liked this filly. She's won three races in a row now, two of them stakes.”
Sweetheart Deal closed to be second under Cristian Torres, seven lengths ahead of Two Sixty, the 2-1 second choice ridden by Edgard Zayas. Lenzi’s Lucky Lady ran six furlongs over a sealed sloppy track in 1:13.55, a final clocking that was built on fractions of 22.48 and 46.83 seconds for the first half-mile.
“She was awesome. I’m just glad she showed some versatility,” O’Connell said. “She responds really well to Jairo [Rendon}. He’s been a big help with a lot of these fillies that are a little bit difficult. He’s done a great job and has been a great addition to my stable.”
The Florida Sire Stakes series for fillies continues with the $200,000 Susan’s Girl at seven furlongs Aug. 31 and the $400,000 My Dear Girl a 1 1/16 miles Sept. 28.