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LOUISVILLE, KY – Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gainesway Stable’s Sharing put her class on full display as she was a strong winner of Friday’s $300,000 Edgewood Stakes Presented by Forcht Bank (G2) at Churchill Downs.
Sharing was the 3/5 favorite as she broke from post 3 under Manny Franco and immediately went to challenge for the lead, forcing Franco to tap the brakes to avoid a speed duel.
In Good Spirits led from the rail heading into the clubhouse turn and rode inside of the bettors’ choice through opening fractions of :24.44 and :48.76.
Sharing inched forward in the far turn and drew even with In Good Spirits at the top of the stretch. Given the green light, Sharing kicked clear of her rivals and held safely through to the wire.
The Graham Motion trainee crossed 1 1/4 lengths the best while completing the 8-furlong good turf route in a final time of 1:36.87.
“She has tactical speed,” Franco said. “She broke out of there good and put me in a position where I wanted to go. After that, she knows how to get it done. She is so nice and has a really good turn of foot. She is very professional.”
Hendy Woods and Lucky Betty failed to make up much ground in the stretch before finishing second and third, respectively, with 2 1/2 lengths between them. In Good Spirits weakened to finish fourth.
Pranked, Walk In Marrakesh, and Mariafoot completed the order of finish.
Outburst was scratched.
Sharing’s win improved her record to 7-5-1-1 with $ earned. The 3-year-old Maryland-bred Speightstown filly won 4 straight (including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf [G1]) before finishing second last time out in the Coronation Stakes at the prestigious Royal Ascot in England.
“I can’t lie, I was pretty anxious about it because she was coming off a long trip and a long break, but she’s so classy, she makes us all look good, I think,” Motion said. “She had a great work last weekend and Manny gave her a perfect ride. It couldn’t have set up any better, quite honestly.”
Sharing returned $3.20 to win, $2.40 to place, and $2.10 to show. Hendy Woods brought back $3.40 to place and $2.60 to show, while Lucky Betty paid $3.60 to show.
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