Alpha Delta Stables' homebred Lewis Bay dominated Friday's Grade 3 Bed o' Roses Invitational by 5 1/2 lengths, speeding seven furlongs in 1:21.11 over Belmont Park's fast main track. The 5-year-old daughter of Bernardini, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr. for Chad Brown, was sent to post at odds of 3-1 seeking her first victory of 2018. Favored American Gal (4-5) missed the break and finished last of the five-horse field.
“I got a perfect trip,” Ortiz said. “She broke good and got good position. I loved my post position. When I talked to Chad [Brown] before the race I told him I love the post because she's always breaking from the inside. She appreciated the outside post. Everything went perfect.”
Lewis Bay broke on top, but allowed herself to be rated as Divine Miss Grey sped out for the lead. American Gal missed the break and was stuck in third behind the two leaders, taking on a lot of dirt under a tight hold. Divine Miss Grey showed the way through fractions of :22.63 and :45.32, with Lewis Bay shadowing her every move in second.
Rounding the far turn, Lewis Bay eased up alongside the leader and took command, streaking away from her rivals by several lengths at the top of the stretch. Lewis Bay was never challenged in the stretch, and she flew under the wire a 5 1/2-length winner. Highway Star made up ground late to take second over Cairenn, and Divine Miss Grey was fourth. American Gal got in the clear around the turn but never engaged, fading to finish fifth.
Bred in Kentucky by her owners, Lewis Bay is out of the G3-winning Summer Squall mare Summer Raven. She ran third in the Kentucky Oaks in 2016, and has never finished worse than fourth in 15 career starts. Overall, Lewis Bay has won six races and earned over $1.1 million.
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