Top-10 Second Crop sire Kodiak Kowboy got his fifth stakes horse on Saturday, when Lady Fifty Two shipped from her California base to score a decisive victory in the $65,000 Washington Oaks at Emerald Downs (VIDEO).
Making her first start around two turns, Lady Fifty Two sat just off the flank of Mylast Sweet Pea for the first seven furlongs of the 1 1/8-mile Oaks, then overtook her foe in mid-stretch to win going away by in 1:48.21.
“The horse had been running short races, so if this horse was going to get tired I was going make sure it was when she was near the lead,” said winning rider Leslie Mawing. “I know how Jerry (Hollendorfer) trains and he always has them fit. When it’s time to get a horse ready, he’ll have the horse ready. He told me to hustle her out of the gate, find a good spot and use my own judgment. We were coming past the quarter-pole and I knew I had a little more horse than (Mylast Sweet Pea).”
Winning for the third time in six 2014 starts, Lady Fifty Two now sports a lifetime mark of 9-3-0-3, with $83,352 in earnings. She is a half-sister to Lady of Fifty, winner of the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch S. and Grade 2 Bayakoa H., and to juvenile stakes winner Forestry Steel. Bred in Kentucky by Cloverleaf Farms, Lady Fifty Two was bought by Hollendorfer for $55,000 at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton October Kentucky Yearling sale.