Making her two-turn debut, heavily favored Lady Fifty Two swept to a decisive victory in the $65,000 Washington Oaks on Saturday, August 9 at Emerald Downs.
The three-year-old filly became the fifth stakes horse, second stakes winner, from the first crop by Champion Kodiak Kowboy.
In the Oaks, Lady Fifty Two was bumped at the start while breaking from the far outside. She immediately assumed a stalking position on the outside, keeping the pacesetter in her sights. The gray/roan filly was set down after the six-furlong mark, wrested the lead coming out of the turn, and strode strongthrough the lane, hitting the wire 1 1/2 lengths in front. A two-time sprint winner at Golden Gate earlier this year, Lady Fifty Two has now posted three wins in six 2014 starts.
Lady Fifty Two was bred in Kentucky by Cloverleaf Farms II, Inc., and sold for $55,000 at the Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale. She races now for Mark deDomenico, Jerry Hollendorfer, and George Todaro, and is trained by Hall of Famer Hollendorfer. Her lifetime record stands at 9-3-0-3 and $83,352, and she becomes the third stakes winner for her dam, Graded stakes mare K. D.'s Shady Lady, joining Grade 1 winner Lady of Fifty ($593,000) and juvenile stakes winner Forestry Steel.
Kodiak Kowboy was a Champion in Canada at two, and Champion Sprinter in the U.S. at four. A nine-time stakes winner of $1.6 million, he stood the 2014 season at WinStar for $5,000 live foal.