06/28/2013 9:33PM

Prairie Meadows: Livi Makenzie changes tactics to take Saylorville

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Livi Makenzie, stalking the pace rather than going to the front, draws clear by a length under Israel Ocampo in the Saylorville.

Israel Ocampo had never ridden the filly Livi Makenzie before he was named as a late replacement for the absent Robby Albarado on Friday night at Prairie Meadows. But Ocampo was wise enough to change tactics, asking Livi Makenzie to stalk the pace rather than go to the front as she usually does in the $100,000 Saylorville Stakes for fillies and mares.

Patiently ridden, Livi Makenzie ($5) ran down tiring pacesetter Lulu Wong inside the sixteenth pole to win the six-furlong Saylorville by a length. Devious Island rallied under Rosie Napravnik to get second and Lulu Wong held onto third. The race, hand-timed because the timer malfunctioned, went in 1:10.28.

Ocampo said he listened to the advice of trainer Ron Moquett in conserving Livi Makenzie’s energy.

“He told me to track the pace. Don’t go too fast,” Ocampo said. “On the backside I was in a nice stalking position. When we turned for home, she gave me the kick. I knew I had lots of horse left.”

A daughter of Macho Uno owned by B J D Thoroughbreds, Livi Makenzie is now 5 for 17 lifetime with earnings of $272,109. She was coming off a wire-to-win in a third-level optional $80,000 claimer at Churchill Downs.