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Never Retreat Wins US Gr1 First Lady Stakes

Monday, 10th October 2011

The 6YO mare Never Retreat (Smart Strike-Lisieux, by Steady Growth) scored a 1.5-lengths victory in the US$350,000 Gr1 First Lady Stakes (8 furlongs on turf) for fillies & mares at Keeneland. Never Retreat (ridden by Julien Leparoux for trainer Chris Block) defeated Irish-bred 3YO filly Together (Galileo-Shadow Song, by Pennekamp) & German-bred fellow 6YO mare Daveron (Black Sam Bellamy-Darwinia, by Acatenango). Never Retreat (a US$410,000 yearling at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Sale) took her record to 11 wins (also including September’s Canadian Gr2 Canadian Stakes over 9 furlongs at Woodbine, July’s Canadian Gr2 Dance Smartly Handicap over 9 furlongs at Woodbine, April’s Gr2 Jenny Wiley Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Keeneland & March’s Gr3 Honey Fox Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Gulfstream Park, plus 2010’s Listed Kentucky Cup Ladies Turf Stakes over 8 furlongs at Kentucky Downs & Listed Lady Canterbury Stakes over 8 furlongs at Canterbury Park, as well as 2009’s Listed Rare Blend Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Aqueduct) & 13 placings (including June’s Canadian Gr2 Nassau Stakes over 8 furlongs at Woodbine, February’s Gr3 Suwannee River Handicap over 9 furlongs at Gulfstream Park & January’s Listed Marshua’s River Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Gulfstream Park, plus 2010’s Canadian Listed River Memories Stakes over 8 furlongs at Woodbine, Listed Bayou Handicap over 9 furlongs at Fair Grounds, Listed Marie Krantz Memorial Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Fair Grounds & Listed Furl Sail Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Fair Grounds, as well as 2009’s Gr1 Mother Goose Stakes over 9 furlongs at Belmont Park, Listed Blushing K.D. Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Fair Grounds & Listed Susan’s Girl Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Delaware Park) from 31 starts for US$1,268,769 earnings.

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