By Mary LaRue
Stonestreet Stables homebred Electric Forest earned her first stakes victory April 19 over a sloppy (sealed) track in Keeneland‘s Hilliard Lyons-Baird Doubledogdare Stakes (G3) for older fillies and mares in her season debut. The 4-year-old Curlin filly is 2-for-2 at the Lexington track and has three wins from five starts.
Trained by Chad Brown, Electric Forest led from the start, breaking sharply from the rail for jockey Jose Ortiz and taking the field of four others through fractions of :24.25, :47.93, and 1:12.08 for the first six furlongs. Electric Forest kept about a length between herself and Go Google Yourself, with favored Golden Award giving chase in third.
“She broke really sharp, and that helped me a lot out of the one hole,” Ortiz said. “With the track being speed-favoring, I wasn’t afraid to go out there (to the lead). She relaxed very good (down the backstretch), but we picked it up pretty good. When we passed the sixteenth pole, she made the lead and stayed there. The filly gave me another run.”