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Lovely Bernadette Drives Home First In $200,000 Indiana Grand

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SHELBYVILLE, IN – James M. Miller’s Lovely Bernadette rallied with a furlong remaining to drive home late and win Wednesday’s $200,000 Indiana Grand Stakes.

Breaking well from post 7 under Florent Geroux, Lovely Bernadette settled just off the pace while I’m Betty G set initial splits of :23.40, :47.04, and 1:10.98. Commencing a rally at the 1/8-pole, Lovely Bernadette quickly caught and passed the leader before clearing away to win by 1 1/2 lengths in a final time of 1:35.37 for the mile-long turf event.

“She was very sharp today and she broke super sharp from the gate,” Geroux said. “I just wanted to nurse her around there because I know she can really finish. She gave me a good kick at the end. I had not ridden her before, but I have run against her, and she always beat me. She is a very honest filly and always tries very hard.”

I’m Betty G was able to hold second, a length in front of a three-way photo finish for third that ultimately went to Youngest Daughter over Excessivespending and Princess La Quinta, each a neck apart. MannerlyIndia MantuanaSully’s DreamBellavais, and China Grove completed the order of finish. Sensitive and Happy Mesa were scratched.

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The win was Lovely Bernadette’s fifth in 12 career starts and pushed the James DiVito trainee’s lifetime bankroll over $300,000.

We are very proud of this filly,” said Miller. “She can really fly and has always had a big kick at the end and she still does that now. I’m a hands-on type of guy, so we work together on her schedule, but I give credit to Jimmy because he picked her out and he’s the one that trains her.”

Lovely Bernadette returned $8.20 to win, $5.20 to place, and $3.80 to show. I’m Betty G brought back $17.20 to place and $7.80 to show, while Youngest Daughter paid $4.20 to show.

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