ELMONT, NY – Andrew Stone’s Bredenbury notched her first American race, and her first at the stakes level, in Sunday’s $80,000 Lady Shipman Stakes at Belmont Park.
Breaking from the rail under Luis Saez at 9/1 odds, Bredenbury sat second while Chili Petin set early fractions of :21.86 and :44.20. Bredenbury moved up two-wide for the lead in the far turn and straightened for home eye-to-eye with the pacesetter.
Distancing herself once set down for the stretch drive, Bredenbury was kept to a vigorous hand ride before crossing 1 1/4 lengths clear of the 2/1 favorite She’s My Type. The Graham Motion trainee completed the 6-furlong firm inner turf sprint in 1:07.21.
“It was a great trip,” Saez said. “I had a plan and everything went the way we expected it would. The Wesley Ward horse (Chili Petin) went to the lead and my plan was to follow them, sit right there, and when they turn to the stretch, make our move. She responded really well. I was very confident. I knew when we came into the stretch that I had a lot of horse.”
Miss J McKay made a belated run to take third by a 1/2-length over Notorious R B G, who headed a fading Chili Petin. Gogo Shoes, Lady Fatima, Cofactor, and Call On Mischief completed the order of finish.
American Giant was scratched. Miss Peppina was a Main Track Only entry.
Bredenbury’s win was her first since joining Motion’s barn stateside last fall after making four starts in Europe. The Irish-bred 3-year-old Night Of Thunder filly improved her record to 9-2-2-1 with $67,464 earned.
Bredenbury returned $20 to win, $7.90 to place, and $4.10 to show. She’s My Type brought back $3.90 to place and $2.90 to show, while Miss J McKay paid $3 to show.