JockeyIrad Ortiz Jr.
OwnerSheep Pond Partners
BreederRunnymede Farm Inc. & Catesby W. Clay
Lady Eli, a fierce competitor on the racetrack, waged an even tougher battle in 2015 when she fought off and recovered from the often career-ending and potentially fatal hoof disease laminitis.
A grade one winner in all four of her seasons of racing for owner Sheep Pond Partners and trainer Chad Brown, Lady Eli has never run worse than second, with 10 wins and three seconds in 13 starts. She started her string of stakes victories when she took the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita.
The daughter of Divine Park was undefeated in six starts when she stepped on a nail following a victory in the 2015 Belmont Oaks. The laminitis developed from the incident. Her recovery and return to the racetrack took more than a year.
She reappeared in the Aug. 27, 2016 Ballston Spa Stakes at Saratoga, unleashing her familiar late kick. She was passed by Strike Charmer, but lost only by three-quarters of a length in her first race in 13 months.
Lady Eli found the winner's circle her next out, the Flower Bowl Stakes at Belmont, and then was just nailed on the wire in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita.
The hard-fighting mare enters her third Breeders’ Cup appearance riding a three-race win streak that began in the Gamely Stakes in May at Santa Anita and most recently included a repeat score in the Ballston Spa.
“The fact that she can come back and do this… it’s amazing, it’s absolutely amazing,” said co-owner Jay Hanley after the Gamely victory. “All we can do as owners is try to be good stewards and that’s our job.”
Hanley paid $160,000 for Lady Eli as a two year old in training, and her earnings now stand at just over $2.9 million. She is scheduled to be sold at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale a few days after the Breeders’ Cup.
|November 05, 2016||Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf||SANTA ANITA PARK||1||2|
|October 08, 2016||Flower Bowl S.||BELMONT PARK||1||1|
|August 27, 2016||Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa S.||SARATOGA||2||2|
|July 04, 2015||Belmont Oaks Invitational S.||BELMONT PARK||1||1|
|May 31, 2015||Wonder Again S.||BELMONT PARK||1|
|April 12, 2015||Appalachian S. Presented by Japan Racing Association||KEENELAND||3||1|