OLDSMAR, FL – Paco Lopez knew he was sitting on a powder keg, and when he lit the fuse, 5-year-old mare Dickinson responded with a powerhouse performance.
The Godolphin Racing-owned daughter of Medaglia d’Oro gobbled up pace-setter Isabella Sings through the stretch, posting a half-length victory in the 19th edition of the Grade 2, $200,000 Hillsborough Stakes on the Tampa Bay Downs turf course.
Dickinson’s time of 1:46.75 for the mile-and-an-eighth was only .49 seconds off the course record set in last year’s Hillsborough by Tepin.
Elysea’s World rallied to finish second while never really threatening the winner. Isabella Sings finished third and Evidently was fourth. My Impression, Light in Paris, Family Meeting, Lots o’ Lex, Emerald Pond, and Swiss Range rounded out the order.
Dickinson and Elysea’s World had finished 1-2 four weeks earlier in the Grade 3 Suwanee River on the turf at Gulfstream.
Dickinson, who is trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, improved to 6-for-13 with her second consecutive stakes victory. She is 4-for-5 since being moved to the turf last September.
“I was very lucky to have the best horse in the race, and she turned in a very good performance,” Lopez said.
“We’ve been patient with her, and we’re starting to be rewarded,” said Jimmy Bell, President and Racing Manager in the United States for Godolphin. “Paco fits her very well and he gave her a great ride today. We love her versatility, but the turf is where she has really started to flourish.”
Dickinson returned $8, $4.20, and $2.80. Elysea’s World brought back $4 and $3.20, while Isabella Sings paid $2.40 to show.
Tampa Bay Downs