09/23/2006 12:00AM

Vestrey Lady proves uncatchable in La Lorgnette


Vestrey Lady ($9.50) made the early lead and never looked back en route to a half-length victory over 23-1 shot Gold Fish in the $134,400 La Lorgnette Stakes at Woodbine.

Vestrey Lady broke sharply under Jim McAleney and set uncontested splits of 23.90 seconds, 47.32, and 1:12.04 in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies. Sweet Breanna loomed into contention on the far turn and pressed the leader at the head of the stretch, but Vestrey Lady had plenty left and drew off to prevail in a final time of 1:44.91.

Gold Fish rallied stoutly on the outside to finish three-quarters of a length ahead of the favored third-place finisher, Sweet Breanna. Kimchi, the morning line favorite, was scratched.

"We had a very comfortable lead," said McAleney. "She ran all the way to the quarter pole with her ears pricked. She's just so talented."

Vestrey Lady earned $75,000 for Harlequin Ranches and trainer Reade Baker.