08/20/2001 12:00AM

River Downs: Lady Cherie scores


Lady Cherie, the 3-2 favorite after several top contenders scratched, won Sunday's $50,000 Vivacious Handicap at River Downs by four lengths. The Vivacious, for Ohio-bred fillies and mares, was switched from the turf to the dirt.

Prizes finished second, nearly four lengths ahead of Ms. Quimet.

Trained by Michael Nance, Lady Cherie covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:49.20 over a good track. Jockey Julio Felix was aboard.

"This win put Ron and I at 60 stakes wins since we got together," said Nance. "I believe this is the 39th stakes winner for us that was ridden by Julio Felix. He's been a big part of the team."