02/17/2013 7:03PM

Oaklawn: Seeking Ms Shelley closes career by winning Spring Fever

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Seeking Ms Shelley, ridden by Robby Albarado, pays $38.20 for her upset in the Spring Fever.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark.- Seeking Ms Shelley forged past Lulu Wong to win what may have been the final start of her career in the $60,000 Spring Fever for fillies and mares at Oaklawn Park on Sunday. She won by a half-length, while Lulu Wong held second by a half-length over third-place finisher and 4-5 favorite Lady Diva Ga Ga.

Seeking Ms Shelley ($38.20) broke well from the 12-hole under Robby Albarado, as Lulu Wong jumped out to the lead and set fractions of 22.08 seconds for the opening quarter and 45.63 for the half-mile. Seeking Ms Shelley, meanwhile, launched a four-wide bid around the turn, moved in on the leader near the quarter pole, then worked past her rival in the stretch to cover the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04.62.

“This is her last start as of right now,” said winning trainer Joe Duhon, noting that Seeking Ms Shelley is likely headed to the breeding shed for Dream Walkin Farms.

“It was good to see her go out like that,” Duhon added. “She ran a big race. She’s a class racehorse, a first class lady.”

Seeking Ms Shelley on Sunday also withstood a claim of foul from Jon Court, the rider of Lady Diva Ga Ga. The stewards made no change to the order of finish. 

“We were laying in good position until we got bumped around the turn,” Court said. “It cost my filly her momentum.”

Seeking Ms Shelley has now won 10 of 19 starts and $258,352. She is a 7-year-old daughter of Cactus Ridge. The Spring Fever was the second stakes win of her career behind the Tellike at Evangeline Downs in May 2010.

For Albarado, the Spring Fever was his second stakes win of the weekend. He took the $100,000 Bayakoa here Saturday aboard Don’t Tell Sophia.

Pick six carryover hits $303,000

There is a pick six carryover of $303,751 for Monday’s card at Oaklawn. The bet runs on the third through eighth races. Oaklawn’s holiday card features the Grade 3, $300,000 Southwest for 3-year-olds, led by the Bob Baffert-trained Super Ninety Nine.

Oaklawn officials said they believe this is the largest pick six carryover since April 9, 1999, when the carryover was  $793,356