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All Due Respect Joins Ranks of Favored Sophomore Fillies With Win Sunday

Vision Racing’s All Due Respect, entered for main track only in Sunday’s fifth race at Fair Grounds, finally got the respect she deserved when the $43,000 maiden race was taken off the Stall-Wilson turf course following overnight rains and run over muddy going.  The daughter of Value Plus responded with a 7 1/2-length tally while drawing off as the rider pleased.

Trained by Ronny Werner and ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., All Due Respect had been idle since last fall at Churchill Downs where she finished third in the Grade III Pocahantas Stakes on Nov. 1 and fifth in the Grade II Golden Rod Nov. 28 when still eligible for the maiden ranks.

After pressing the pace briefly Sunday, All Due Respect gained the advantage entering the stretch and quickly drew off.  She paid $6.60, $3.60 and $2.80, accomplished the distance in 1:47.47 and increased her career earnings to $85,032 although it was only her first win in five lifetime starts.

Heligbrodt Racing Stable’s Harpoon Hattie, always well placed, continued willingly late to be clearly second best, finishing 2 1/2-lengths to the good of Martin Racing Stable’s D’Oro Deelites, who set early fractions of 23.57 and 47.67 before weakening against the top two.

Harpoon Hattie returned $7.20 and $3.40, while D’Oro Deelites paid $2.80 in the show position.

Racing resumes Monday at Fair Grounds with a nine-race program with a first post of 1:10 p.m.