05/01/2016 5:15PM

Lady Shipman sharp returning from Dubai in License Fee

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Lady Shipman cruises to a 2 3/4-length victory under Irad Ortiz Jr. in the License Fee.

There was no Dubai hangover for Lady Shipman.

Returning to the U.S. after a seventh-place finish against males in the Grade 1 Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan just five weeks ago, Lady Shipman easily dispatched of three female rivals in Sunday’s $100,000 License Fee Stakes at Belmont, cruising to a front-running 2 3/4-length victory.

Zindaya, last year’s License Fee winner, rallied to finish second by a length over Shrinking Violet. It was five lengths back to Vicki’s Dancer. Momameamaria, Disco Barbie, and Monster Sleeping all scratched.

It was the 10th win from 15 starts - eighth stakes victory - for Lady Shipman, a 4-year-old daughter of Midshipman owned by Ranlo Investments and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin.

In the Al Quoz, where she faced males, Lady Shipman broke poorly and was unable to use her most potent weapon - her speed. She finished seventh, beaten 2 3/4 lengths.

“For me, that was a very good race,” said jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., who rode Lady Shipman in Dubai and again Sunday.

In the License Fee, Lady Shipman broke alertly from the outside post, dueled outside of Shrinking Violet through a quarter-mile in 22.14 seconds and a half-mile in 44.37.

Turning for home, Ortiz looked behind him, didn’t see any major threat, gave Lady Shipman a few slaps on her right shoulder, and Lady Shipman sped away.

Lady Shipman covered the six furlongs over a “good” Widener turf course in 1:07.49 and returned $3.10 as the favorite.

“That was nice, five weeks after Dubai, pretty special filly,” said McLaughlin, who watched the race from Louisville, Ky., where he is preparing Mohaymen for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. “Unlucky in Dubai, she broke outwardly. This was a nice spot.”

For McLaughlin, Sunday’s victory broke an 0-for-24 skein on the New York circuit. His previous victory came in the Correction Stakes over Aqueduct’s inner track with Clothes Fall Off.

“We had a slow April but we’re 1-for-2 in May,” McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin didn’t have any future races immediately  picked out for Lady Shipman.

 Lady Shipman was the lone favorite to win in a pick six sequence that had four double-digit priced winners resulting in a carryover of $29,120 into Wednesday’s card.