Updated on 09/16/2011 9:39AM

Peace River Lady is home


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - One thing is clear: Peace River Lady likes the Churchill Downs turf course.

When Peace River Lady raced twice in a 17-day span here in the spring, she ran two of the best races of her career, winning maiden and entry-level allowance races on May 10 and 26. She returned in June to run second over the course in the Grade 3 Regret.

So when a full field of fillies and mares go postward in Monday's feature at Churchill, horesplayers will certainly be aware of how well Peace River Lady performed six months ago.

Peace River Lady, a 3-year-old trained by Tom Amoss, was beaten in back-to-back starts at Delaware Park and Arlington Park, then won a second-level allowance in her last start, on Sept. 23 at Kentucky Downs. On Monday, she will be stepping up into nonwinners-of-three-other-than company in what is expected to be a full field in the ninth of 10 races. In all, 14 horses were entered in the feature, a $48,400, one-mile turf race, although only 10 will be allowed to start.

Two other allowance races immediately precede the feature. Foreign Authority could prove tough in race 7 for trainer Nick Zito and jockey Shane Sellers. In the eighth, Speed Hunter figures as a top contender for Elliott Walden and Pat Day.

Churchill normally is dark on Mondays, but will run this Monday and be dark on Tuesday instead because of the Veteran's Day holiday. First post is 12:40 p.m. Eastern.

My Boston Gal wows 'em

While Roxelana was thoroughly professional in her one-length triumph in the feature race here Friday, it was the filly who won an hour earlier that really left horseplayers in awe.

My Boston Gal, a 2-year-old filly trained by Carl Nafzger, was tons the best in winning a one-mile allowance race by 5 1/4 lengths in 1:36.44. Jockey Calvin Borel scarcely moved a muscle when guiding the filly through an opening on the rail entering the stretch, at which point she sped clear in a breathtaking move.

It was the second easy triumph in as many starts for My Boston Gal, a Boston Harbor filly owned by a four-way partnership. The Grade 2 Golden Rod Stakes on Nov. 30 is her probable next start, Nafzger said.

Later, Roxelana scored her second victory in as many starts since coming out of retirement. She returned $3 to win and caused a minus show pool of $30,127. Bill Landes III is the breeder and owner of Roxelana, a 5-year-old Boundary mare trained by William "Blackie" Huffman.

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