By Scott Jagow
Proviso showed her “winstinct” once again Saturday, powering home from the back of the pack to capture the Grade 1, $400,000 Abu Dhabi First Lady Stakes on the Keeneland turf.
The five-year-old mare was second to last in the field of nine at the top of the stretch, but jockey Mike Smith took her outside and unleashed her patented late run. Proviso, C.S. Silk and Gotta Have Her all closed full of run, but Proviso hit the wire first, winning the one-mile race by a half a length over C.S. Silk. Gotta Have Her wasa tight third.
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Proviso is a daughter of the British sire Dansili, out of the Woodman mare, Binche. She's owned by Juddmonte Farms and was bred by the owner in Great Britain.
The win gives Proviso a fourth consecutive Grade 1 Victory and keeps her undefeated on turf in North America. Trainer Bill Mott wouldn't commit to an appearance at the Breeders' Cup next month, but Proviso's current form certainly makes that a logical next step.
“She's been great from the beginning of the year until right now,” Mott said. “She's as good as they get.”
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