ladies' Privilege Rallies to Win Hall of Fame Stakes

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Keith Jones

For Immediate Release: Saturday, September 16, 2017


Dorothy Mats’ Ladies’ Privilege sustained a strong run from off the pace, drew clear in mid-stretch and then went on to win the $100,000 Hall of Fame Stakes for three year-old fillies on the turf at one mile and one-sixteenth Saturday afternoon at Par Racing. It was the second career win and first stakes win for the daughter of Harlan’s Holiday and increased her lifetime earnings to just over $100,000.

Breaking from the two hole in the field of eight, Ladies’ Privilege was unhurried early by winning jockey Edwin Gonzalez. Finding a spot near the rail, she sat sixth into the first turn, racing about four lengths off the lead. She stayed there around the turn and was still sixth as the field moved to the backside of the course. Zenbennie, a 45-1 long shot, made the pace, running the first quarter in 23.41 and then slowed it down a bit for a 47.86 half mile. Sensing the leisurely tempo upfront, Gonzalez then got aggressive and made the first move, pulling Ladies’ Privilege into the three path and she quickly began to gain ground on the far outside with a little more than a half mile to go. By the time they reached the far turn, Ladies’ Privilege had moved all the way to second and was only a length and a half back with now three furlongs to go.

Able to sustain her run, Ladies’ Privilege had a short lead turning into the stretch, but now the favorite loomed. Dynatail (7-5) had a perfect ground saving the entire way, but with the early move by Gonzalez, it was Ladies’ Privilege who got the all-important first run. Dynatial came off the rail at the top of the stretch, but by the time she found her best stride, her rival was already two lengths in front with only an eighth of a mile to go. She would get no closer. Ladies’ Privilege stayed strong through the last furlong maintained her lead to the end and came home a solid two length winner.

Off as the fourth choice in the wagering, Ladies’ Privilege (6-1), trained by Michael Matz, paid $14.40, 7.20 and 5.00. Dynatail was three clear for second and paid 3.00 and 3.00. Zenbennie stayed on well for third and paid 14.80 to show. The final time over a course labeled firm was 1:41.42.