07/28/2017 10:12AM

Secret Passion by a nose in Prairie Gold Lassie

Coady Photography
Secret Passion and jockey Shane Laviolette win the Prairie Gold Lassie at 14-1.

Secret Passion, a 14-1 shot, outnodded 22-1 pacesetter Line of Credit to win the $65,000 Prairie Gold Lassie on Thursday night at Prairie Meadows.

Flat Out Gittin It loomed boldly at the top of the stretch in this six-furlong dirt race for 2-year-old fillies, but it was the pair in front of her who went on with it.

Line of Credit, breaking from the rail under David Cabrera, shot to the front through an opening quarter-mile in 22.38 seconds but was joined on the turn by Secret Passion and Shane Laviolette. As Flat Out Gittin It came three wide at the three-sixteenths pole, the two fillies at the fore pulled clear, and once a two-wide Secret Passion changed leads before the eighth pole, she pecked away at Line of Credit’s lead and got her nose down just before the finish.

The two in the win photo had five lengths on third-place Flat Out Gittin It, as 4-5 favorite Amberspatriot stalked the pace while racing wide before going in the wrong direction in the homestretch, fading to sixth. Amberspatriot’s uncoupled stablemate, Waki Patriot, was scratched.

Secret Passion ($30) was timed in 1:10.90 on a fast track. Trained by Scott Gelner for Norman Stables, Secret Passion was making her third start and had won a Prairie Meadows maiden sprint by more than four lengths on June 25. Purchased as a yearling at Keeneland for $20,000, Secret Passion was bred in Kentucky by Paul King. She’s part of the third crop to race by the Arch stallion Archarcharch and is the first foal to race out of the Stormy Atlantic mare Seattle Artist, a two-time winner during her racing career.