Updated on 09/15/2011 1:04PM

Mystic Lady romps in Boiling Springs


Grass or dirt? It didn't matter to Mystic Lady in Friday night's $200,000 Boiling Springs Breeders' Cup at The Meadowlands.

Though heavy rain forced track officials to switch the Grade 3 stakes from turf to dirt, Mystic Lady romped to a front-running 5 1/2-length victory over three rivals.

Sent off a 3-5 favorite, Mystic Lady ($3.20) reeled off fractions of :24, :47 and 1:10 4/5 under jockey Eibar Coa and completed the mile and a sixteenth in 1:42 3/5.

Shooting Party was second, completing a $3.80 exacta. It was 6 3/4 lengths back to Plunderthepeasants in third.

"That was too easy," Coa said. "I knew I was on the best horse. I was just waiting to see how she broke to decide what to do. When she broke on top I sent her along and floated that other horse (Shooting Party) out around the turns. She opened up pretty nicely in the stretch. It's nice to be back aboard this filly, she's real good."

Mystic Lady, trained by Mark Hennig, came into the Boiling Springs off a third-place finish in the Grade 2 Lake Placid on the turf at Saratoga. She improved her record to seven wins in 14 career starts for owner Lee Lewis and boosted her bankroll to $620,090.

"It went well," Hennig said. "We talked about it before the race and our strategy would depend on the break. She broke well and we knew we had the best horse. You don't find these situations very often, but it's nice to have them run their race when you do. We'll look at the (Grade 3) Honey Bee here (Nov. 2) or take her to Florida and wait for the Calder Oaks on the


Earlier, Giant Gentleman notched a wire-to-wire victory in the $75,000 Princeton Stakes. Ridden by Juan Umana, he covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:42 4/5 and paid $4.80 to win.

"He broke sharp," Umana said. "I was told to let him do what he wanted. We made the lead pretty easily, which surprised me and that we got away with a slow opening quarter. That's what made all the difference. At the eighth pole, it looked like he was beat, but he just battled back and won going away."

Trained by Brent Sumja, Giant Gentleman scored his second straight win, and fourth in five lifetime starts.