08/09/2017 8:45PM

Marina's Legacy dominates in Indiana First Lady

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Marina's Legacy, with Deshawn Parker up, wins the Indiana First Lady Stakes by 7 1/4 lengths.

Until Wednesday, the Indiana-bred 3-year-old filly Marina’s Legacy looked like a grass horse, but after rolling over eight rivals on dirt in the $150,000 Indiana First Lady Stakes, she looks different.

“I was kind of wishing this race was on turf,” winning rider Deshawn Parker said. “I was a little worried about the dirt. She proved me wrong.”

Coming into this start, Marina’s Legacy was 5-1-2-0 on turf and 2-0-0-1 on dirt, but she ran a career best on what appeared to be her second-best surface.

Breaking from post 1, and chased by the two favorites, Midnight Blvd and Whistle Stop, Marina’s Legacy went to the front and set solid splits of 24.22 seconds, 47.64, and 1:12.08. The chasers still were there at the top of the stretch – and then they were not. Marina’s Legacy opened up at the three-sixteenths pole and coasted home to the finish, scoring by 7 1/4 lengths, and stopping the timer in 1:41.42 for one mile and 70 yards on a fast track.

Her time was 1.24 seconds faster than the winning time a race earlier in the $150,000 Governor’s Stakes, another race for Indiana-bred 3-year-olds, though not restricted to fillies like the First Lady.

“Once she gets to the lead, she relaxes herself,” Parker said. “Every time she heard something coming, she kind of took off a little bit.”

Midnight Blvd, the 9-5 favorite, stayed on well enough to get second, a half-length in front of Whistle Stop. Marina’s Legacy paid $12.60 to win.

Trained by Aaron West, Marina’s Legacy was bred and is owned by the Bone Doctors Stable. She’s by Divine Park and out of Marina, by Theatrical, and is a half-sister to Tupelo Tide, who finished a distant fifth in this race’s 2015 renewal.

Retrospection wins second stakes of season

Retrospection and jockey Robby Albarado had little trouble overcoming a wide draw, and the pair won their second stakes race this summer at Indiana Grand when capturing the $150,000 Governor’s Stakes by two lengths Wednesday.

Retrospection drew post 12 but broke from post 11 after Black Salk was scratched, and after briefly looking like he’d get caught compromisingly wide around the first turn, Retrospection and Albarado found the three path and wound up in a very decent stalking spot.

Wing and Wheel, pressing splits of 23.48 and 47.26, took command on the far turn, had the lead through six furlongs in 1:12.40, and battled on when Retrospection confronted him before the three-sixteenths pole. The two matched strides to the furlong grounds, but by the sixteenth pole Retrospection had edged clear and was going away at the finish.

“Today’s circumstances, being outside, I got on him a little more to get position,” Albarado said. “I moved a little earlier than I wanted to, but he’s a nice little horse, and I don’t think we know the depth of him yet.”

Retrospection was timed in 1:42.66 for one mile 70 yards on a fast main track and paid $5.60 as the favorite. Wing and Wheel finished two lengths in front of third-place Plainfield.

By Daaher out of Atherbest, by Silver Hawk, Retrospection was bred by Randy Burkett and is owned by Beth Burkett and trained by Mike Maker.

Retrospection overcame trouble to win the $105,000 Hoosier Breeders’ Sophomore on June 21 and ran his record to 7-3-3-0 with his Wednesday success.