FLORENCE, KY – Winners Circle Racing Stable’s Queen of God rallied from off the pace to clinch Saturday’s $150,000 Maxim Crane Works Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park.
Breaking from post 3 at 6/1 odds under Irad Ortiz, Jr., Queen of God crossed over to the rail by the time she reached the clubhouse turn and settled in a stalking position. Up front, Swanage narrowly led the 4/5 favorite Laura’s Light through opening fractions of :23.91 and :47.64 before the bettors’ choice advanced heading into the far turn.
Tipped off to go around the fading pacesetter, Queen of God kept tipping at the top of the stretch and commenced a bid from the middle of the track. Taking the lead just before the 1/16 pole, Queen of God ran a bit erratically at times but still had more than enough left to finish the job.
Trained by Mike Maker, Queen of God crossed 3/4 of a length ahead in a final time of 1:37.77 for the mile-long event over the fast synthetic track.