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SHE’SONTHEWARPATH WINS ANOTHER
TURF STAKES BATTLE AT FAIR GROUNDS
Steve Margolis-trained 4-year-old filly edges Altea (FR) on the wire
New Orleans (March 21, 2020) – In a thrilling finish, Robert E. and Lawana L. Low’s She’sonthewarpath edged Altea (FR) by a scant nose to capture the $100,000 Tom Benson Memorial Stakes presented by Dixie Beer at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Away awkwardly, the 4-year-old daughter of Declaration of War quickly righted herself and was placed in a mid-pack stalking position by regular rider Chantal Sutherland while chasing even early fractions of 23.54 and 48.44. Tipped out off the second turn, she rallied four-wide and dived at the finish line to edge Altea (FR) in a final time of 1:42.23 for the 1 1/16-miles journey over a firm turf. It was 1 ¾ lengths back to Notapradaprice in third.
“I thought I might be sitting closer (early on) today, maybe second,” Sutherland said. “She was quieter than normal today. Maybe it was the heat or she just waits for me to tell her what to do now. We got that nice sweet trip. I asked her to be a little close following Neil Howard’s horse (Desert Ride). I didn’t know what he was going to do, so I went outside and when I asked her to gun it, she gunned it. I guess Joel (jockey Rosario aboard Altea) got through the fence somewhere, but she didn’t see him, so she started to relax, so I pointed her head and start screaming ‘she’s right there’. I honestly didn’t know who got it. Warpath is just a star. Steve does such a good job with her and I am so grateful.”
It was the second stakes win of the meet for She’sonthewarpath, who upset the Albert M. Stall Memorial last month at odds of 16-1. She now boasts a career mark of 11-5-1-2 with a bankroll of $288,705.
“She is just a filly that tries so hard,” trainer Margolis said. “Chantal (jockey Sutherland) has a good rhythm and a good presence with her. She has that grit about her. You can see that when you go in the barn. On the track, she has that fight that you want a racehorse to have. You can’t breed that into them. She just has the will to win.”
Altea (FR) bumped with Desert Ride in the stretch, and following a steward’s review, she remained second.
“She gave me everything,” jockey Joel Rosario said. “I kind of waited a little bit before the rail opened up. She ran hard. I thought for a second we got her.”
Dream Passage, the 2-1 post time favorite, tracked the early pacesetter but gave way on the turn and finished fifth.
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