ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — When LADY CANDIDATE last stepped on the Arlington polytrack, she won by 13 ½ lengths going a one-turn mile. This afternoon, in the $65,000 Mariah’s Storm Stakes for three-year-old fillies, she won, but it was a more game outing this time, winning by a neck.
LADY CANDIDATE winning the Mariah’s Storm Stakes. Photo courtesy Four Footed Fotos.
Don’t tell that to the ownership.
Said owner Martin Nixon, “It makes my summer. They [winning trainer Michael Stidham, winning jockey James Graham] put me in good situations.”
Graham guided LADY CANDIDATE to the inside, and dueled with ST. LOUIS CITY for most of the back-stretch run, the pair carving out early fractions of :23.68, :47.56, and 1:12.33. At the top of the lane, LADY CANDIDATE briefly yielded the lead to ST. LOUIS CITY, but retook it in the stretch. She then held off the runner-up and closing IRE to take the overnight stakes. LADY CANDIDATE crossed the tape in a time of 1:38.86 for a single-turn polytrack mile. ST. LOUIS CITY would finish fourth, nipped at the wire by ANN OF THE DANCE.
LADY CANDIDATE was the solid 1-2 favorite and paid $3.00 to win. The 2-1 exacta with LADY CANDIDATE and IRE paid $6.00. The fifty cent 2-1-7 trifecta paid $6.15. Dime superfecta combinations of 2-1-7-6 paid $2.39.