07/13/2003 11:00PM

Ellis: Lead Story rallies

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Lead Story rallied from far back to gain her first stakes victory in the $97,500 HBPA Handicap, the first stakes of the meet at Ellis Park.

Ridden by Calvin Borel, Lead Story trailed to the far turn in the one-mile race before looping rivals leaving the turn. She finished with a flourish and returned $15.40.

The HBPA win makes her one of the top contenders for the Grade 3, $200,000 Gardenia Handicap Aug. 9.