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FLORENCE, Ky., Jan. 19, 2013 – Lotta Lovin renewed her love affair with Turfway Park Saturday, sailing clear by 10-1/4 lengths to win the $50,000 Likely Exchange Stakes, her fourth stakes win at the Northern Kentucky track.
Yankee Union was second, 3-3/4 lengths ahead of Off Limits in third.
While Dixie Jackpot and Brilliant Autumn raced together on the front end and Yankee Union raced behind him to his inside, Shane Sellers settled Lotta Lovin into third toward the outside and simply bided his time. Lotta Lovin took over at the top of the turn and widened her lead effortlessly from the eighth pole home. After fractions of :23.95, :47.39, and 1:13.08, final time for the one-mile Likely Exchange on the fast Polytrack was 1:39.54.
"She broke sharp so I guess I could have let her go on, but I felt like I needed to get her back and let the speed horses go on," Seller said. "The best part of the track is outside anyway, so I got her in a tracking position, which is where I wanted to be, so I could keep my eye on the speed. After that it was just a matter of when somebody came to me. Nobody really did, so I stole away when I could. She loves this racetrack."
John Lynde, assistant to trainer Mike Maker, saddled the 4-year-old Repent filly. "She has been training here and came up to the race beautifully," Lynde said. "She obviously loves this racetrack. I was just hoping she would run up to her training and she did."
Lotta Lovin was making her second start off a short layoff, having finished third in the six-furlong Holiday Inaugural at Turfway Dec. 1. The Likely Exchange gave her the extra distance she prefers.
"She was closing fast in that sprint but she just ran out of ground," said Lynde.
Completing the order of finish in the Likely Exchange were Bandi's Gal, Precision Farming, Make a Toast, Dixie Jackpot, Rattlin Gypsy, Fortune Play, Brilliant Autumn, and Whisked Away. Dreaming Big was taken up early and vanned off. Lady Charlie and Senacher did not draw in from the also-eligible list and were scratched.
Lotta Lovin went off the 6-5 favorite and paid $4.40, $3.40, and $3.
Lotta Lovin won Turfway's Gowell Stakes to finish her 2-year-old campaign before starting her 3-year-old season with dominant wins in the Cincinnati Trophy and Valdale stakes, also at Turfway.
Out of the Unzipped mare Passionate Terri, Lotta Lovin was bred in Pennsylvania by Horses of Course Inc. and is owned by William Butler. In 18 career starts she has earned $235,682 and compiled a record of seven wins, one second, and one third.
Racing continues Sunday at Turfway at 1:10 p.m. ET.