06/19/2011 7:03AM

Lincoln: Nayborhood Affair repeats in Matchmaker


Nayborhood Affair got her second stakes victory of the year and impressively defended her title in the $20,700 Matchmaker Stakes for older Nebraska-bred fillies and mares at Lincoln Race Course on Saturday afternoon.

Attending the pace from outside 3-5 favorite Lou Lou Larue in the one-mile race, Nayborhood Affair took a short lead after a half-mile, shook off a challenge from Gracie Jane into the far turn, and then  drew off to score by 3 1/4 lengths under regular rider Ashley Dill. She covered the distance in 1:41.20 over a track labeled good and returned $8.40 as the second choice in a field of seven. Gracie Jane narrowly held second by a nose as Jane of Arcadia rallied to be third.

The win boosted Nayborhood Affair's career mark to 8-2-1 from 18 starts and earnings of $95,838 for trainer Steve Hall and her owners/breeders, June and Tressa O'Neill. She had previously won the Orphan Kist Stakes at Fonner Park this spring and was coming off a second to Lou Lou Larue in the six-furlong Bluegrass Stakes here on June 4.