NEW ORLEANS, LA – Robert and Lawana Low homebred She’sonthewarpath rallied strongly in the stretch to steal Saturday’s $100,000 Albert M. Stall Memorial Stakes at Fair Grounds.
Breaking from post 4 under Chantal Sutherland at 16/1 odds, She’sonthewarpath raced a close-up sixth early while saving ground. Up front, Quebec led a tightly-packed group through opening fractions of :23.32, :47.62, and 1:11.32.
Near the 3/16 pole, Sutherland tipped She’sonthewarpath out and set her down for the drive while in amongst a large contingency. Taking the lead close to the 1/8 pole, She’sonthewarpath kicked free late before crossing the wire 2 lengths clear.
Trained by Steve Margolis, She’sonthewarpath completed the 1 1/16-mile event over the firm turf course in a final time of 1:42.25.
“Steve thought we were going to be forwardly placed and I agreed,” Sutherland said. “We were on the same page. She just exploded today and we had a really good trip. It was just really exciting to win and so grateful for the connections, Steve and his wife, and the whole barn. They have done an amazing job and have always been so supportive of me.”
The 6/5 favorite Mitchell Road was keen to run early and could be seen tossing her head before finally rating down the backside. Though she showed a good kick in the stretch, she was unable to keep pace with the winner and settled for second in a four-horse photo over Quick Witted, Notapradaprice, and Zofelle.
Quebec weakened to sixth ahead of Flower Party, while behind them came Makealitlemischief, Don’t Tell Marge, Stave, Elsa, Irisa, Aife, and May Lily to complete the order of finish.
Area and Makeme Dream were scratched after failing to draw in from the Also Eligibles list.
She’sonthewarpath’s win was her first since taking the TaWee Stakes at Indiana Grand last July and improved her overall record to 10-4-1-2. The 4-year-old daughter of Declaration of War, absent since finishing third here in the Pago Hop Stakes on December 28, as now earned $228,705 lifetime.
“We are just really proud of her,” Margolis said. “The owners have been great and we’re really happy they could be here at the Fair Grounds to see the race. This filly has a lot of guts. After her last race, we needed to give her some time. She is a fighter, and I told Chantal to just do your thing and try to get a good trip. When she called on her, she really gave her a good punch and she kept going, which is hard to do in a field like this.”
She’sonthewarpath returned $34.40 to win, $12 to place, and $8.20 to show. Mitchell Road brought back $3.20 to place and $2.80 to show, while Quick Witted paid $19 to show.