01/23/2016 5:40PM

White Clover all the way in Wayward Lass Stakes

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White Clover and jockey Victor Lebron win the Wayward Lass Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths Saturday.

OLDSMAR, Fla. – Jockey Victor Lebron scored some money for diapers at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, steering White Clover to a front-running, 2 1/4-length victory in the $50,000 Wayward Lass Stakes on a cold, windy day when the track was playing kindly to speed.

Lebron, a father of twin 2-month-old boys named Jayden and Akilies, guided White Clover to the second stakes win of her career Saturday and her first for trainer Rusty Arnold. A 4-year-old daughter of Exchange Rate, White Clover had won the $50,375 Our Mims Stakes at Delaware Park last June for trainer Larry Jones. Owned by Calumet Farm, White Clover has won 4 of 13 starts and earned $161,257.

Lebron was all smiles after the win even though he wasn’t feeling particularly well rested.

“They kind of kept me up, crying all night,” Lebron said of his twins.

White Clover ($29.80), the sixth choice in the field of nine fillies and mares ages 4 and up, led the field through an opening quarter-mile in 24.61 seconds, a half-mile in 49.22, and six furlongs in 1:13.90 while pressured by Innovative Idea. Around the final turn of the 1 1/16-mile race, the favored Savings Account and Her Majesty’s Flag moved up to challenge, but White Clover had enough in reserve to hold them off, finishing in 1:45.38 on a track that was upgraded to fast from “good” one race earlier.

“She broke sharp, and that moment, I said, ‘Let me just take advantage of it, slow it down, and coming home, hopefully this wind will push me to the wire quicker.’ ” Lebron said. “Going into the turn, I felt somebody outside of me, and l took a glance down to the shadow. I didn’t want to let them know that I had a lot of horse. I saw them coming, and I slowly started pushing her along and tried to open up slowly. I didn’t want to just go for a full drive at that moment. And then once she hit the top of the lane, I just said, ‘Let’s go for it.’ ”

Savings Account, who finished third behind the champion mare Beholder last September in the Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes, finished second over Her Majesty’s Flag, the winner of the Duchess Stakes at Woodbine last July who was trying dirt for the first time Saturday. They were followed by Innovative Idea, Street Song, Kinsley, Joint Return, Tiger Moth, and Please Explain.