Horse racing fans have long suspected that Lady Eli is a very special filly. The manner in which she won her three starts as a two-year-old was simply breathtaking. Her performance in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. I)–in which she ran the final quarter-mile in about :22 2/5 to win by 2 3/4 lengths–was amazing.
But on Saturday, Ladi Eli demonstrated that she may be more than just a very special filly when she scored yet another amazing victory in the $1,000,000 Belmont Oaks Invitational (gr. I) at Belmont Park. The race was ten furlongs in distance; the field was huge, with fourteen starters. The Belmont Oaks was expected to be a test of Lady Eli’s abilities. But after settling about seven lengths behind fractions of :22.93, :47.23, and 1:11.71, Lady Eli unleashed an explosive burst of acceleration on the final turn that carried her into the lead as the field turned for home. Once again, Lady Eli had proven herself far superior to her rivals, and the only questions that remained were how many lengths would she win by and what time would she record. The answers were impressive: 2 3/4 lengths and 1:59.27. Even more impressive was her final quarter-mile time of about :22 2/5, the same as in the Breeders’ Cup. Only this time, she was running a mile and a quarter instead of a flat mile, making the fraction even more amazing.
Be sure to sign up for email newsletters and special offers from The Turf Board!