11/14/2009 12:00AM

Love's Blush gets stakes win at Laurel


Love's Blush broke through for her first stakes victory in the $50,000 All Brandy for Maryland-bred fillies and mares at Laurel Park.

Third in the Maryland Million Oaks two starts back and second in the Twixt last out, Love's Blush rallied from fourth place midway through the 1 1/8-mile All Brandy to defeat Sweet Goodbye by 1 1/4 lengths, with Amie's Legend 2 1/2 lengths farther back in third in the field of seven.

Owned by Richard Golden and trained by Rodney Jenkins, Love's Blush returned $7.40. She covered the 1 1/8 miles over a sloppy track in 1:52.65 under Travis Dunkelberger.

"I knew she would run well," Jenkins said. "She was much greener than most of the fillies in the race. She is still not as good as she's going to be. I love this filly and always have. My staff has done a wonderful job getting her ready for this spot."

Said Dunkelberger: "She was sharp today. Just getting her to settle and be close enough to make that one run without leveling off was the key. Usually she doesn't like being around other horses but she took it today. She is so hard to ride. She ducks and dives and tries to get away from horses. She doesn't know what she's doing yet but she beat a good one today."