Samantha Siegel's homebred Go Google Yourself earned her first graded stakes win in Saturday's G3 Locust Grove at Churchill Downs, hanging on by a neck over Moonlit Garden. The 4-year-old daughter of Into Mischief, ridden by Brian Hernandez for trainer Paul McGee, covered 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track in 1:44.13. Entering the Locust Grove off a win in the Groupie Doll stakes at Ellis Park, Go Google Yourself was sent off as the second choice at 7-2. Even-money favorite Mylady Curlin checked in third.
Skeptic commanded the early lead and set mild fractions of :24.44 and :49.17, while Escape Clause kept her honest a length back in second. Go Google Yourself stayed in the clear three-wide in third, and started to range up on the leader around the far turn.
Hernandez gave the filly her cue nearing the quarter pole, and Go Google Yourself easily kicked away by two lengths. She was all-out down the stretch to fend off the late run of Moonlit Garden, but held on to win by a neck at the wire. Moonlit Garden finished second, while Mylady Curlin checked in third. Escape Clause was fourth.
Bred in Kentucky by her owner, Go Google Yourself is out of the winning Deputy Minister mare Taunt, herself a daughter of multiple Grade 1 winner I Ain't Bluffing. The Locust Grove is her first graded stakes win, and improves the filly's record to 6-4-3 from 17 career starts for earnings of over $450,000.
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