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Two Candy Ride Daughters Battle to the Finish

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Valerie Mellema
Thursday, October 8, 2020
"The $100,000 Lady Secret Stakes is named after the little 900 pound mare owned by Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Klein, the former owners of the San Diego Chargers. She was a daughter of Secretariat out of an Icecapade mare. Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, the gray filly earned over $3,021,325. She was bred by. Robert H. Spreen at Lucas Farm in Oklahoma. She won the American Eclipse Award. The stakes race bearing her name is ran at Monmouth Park.  

In yesterday's running of the Lady Secret, Nonna Madeline. and Nik Juarez stuck to the plan by staying close to the pace. Although the early fractions were slow, they enough in the tank to hold off Royal Flag down the stretch. The fillies last met on August. 30th at Saratoga's Grade 3 Shuvee. In that race,  Royal Flag finished second while Nonna Madeline came in eighth. 

"I think she likes being involved early like she was today," said Pletcher assistant Byron Hughes. "Last race she wasn't as involved early and it hurt her in the end."

"I wasn't worried that they were going slow up front. I had her in a perfect spot for that type of pace," said Juarez. "She was right off the lead and I know what kind of filly she is so I was confident the entire way. She's just such a nice filly.

"When the other horse came up beside her she just pinned her ears back and kept fighting. When you have horses that are competitive that way the biggest thing going down the stretch in a duel like that is to stay out of their way and let their talent take over."

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