by Brian Bohl
Lady Paname overtook four challengers in deep stretch, surging to a half-length win in her North American stakes debut to capture the 62nd running of the $400,000 Long Island for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The French-bred Lady Paname, who made her first six starts in her native country before shipping to the United States and trainer Chad Brown, stayed well off the early speed as stablemate Night of England dueled Lady Montdore at the front, with the former leading the field through an opening quarter-mile in 25.48 seconds on the inner turf labeled firm.
Night of England, making her first United States start after beginning her career in Germany, opened a 3 1/2-length lead a half-mile in while Lady Paname gained ground on the backstretch under jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. as Night of England reached three-quarters in 1:16.67.
Out of the far turn, Ortiz, Jr. set down Lady Paname, who overtook Golden Attitude from the outside. Under left-handed encouragement, Lady Paname continued to run down the competition, passing Lady Montdore, Tricky Escape and a tiring Night of England, hitting the wire in a final time of 2:16.15 for the 1 3/8-mile race.
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