By Mary LaRue
Linda Rice trainee Sower entered the $150,000 Jersey Girl Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park undefeated in two starts, but she had never faced the class she encountered June 10.
After breaking her maiden April 28 in a Laurel Park maiden special weight by 7 1/4 lengths, the Flatter filly followed it with a three-quarter-length score in a May 18 optional-claiming allowance race at Pimlico Race Course. But Sunday’s victory in the six-furlong Jersey Girl was a pleasant surprise for her connections.
The victory was Irad Ortiz’s fifth of the day. “Before the race, Linda told me to try to be midpack or last because there was a lot of speed in the race, but if it didn’t work out to just use my best judgment,” he said.
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