Amy’s Challenge Stays Undefeated With Hard-Fought Dixie Belle Victory

Novogratz Racing Stables Inc.’s Amy’s Challenge is now a perfect three-for-three after a hard-fought victory over 4-5 favorite Mia Mischief in Saturday’s $125,000 Dixie Belle Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

Amy’s Challenge bobbled slightly at the start and was third early as Mia Mischief and Vision of Justice raced through an opening quarter in :21.48. She moved into to second place before a half mile in :44.49 and from there it was a two-horse race as the fillies began to distance themselves from their rivals rounding the turn for home. Amy’s Challenge and Mia Mischief raced head and head through the stretch until the final stride when the winner gained a neck’s advantage at the wire in a final time of 1:10.61 for the six furlongs on a fast track.

Secret Passion came on late to be third and was followed by Getupbabygetup, Vision of Justice and Thoughtless. Minit to Stardom was scratched.

“It was actually pretty good,” winning rider Jareth Loveberry said of his trip. “I just sat off of it, kind of let the speed go with each other and sat right there. It kind of dictated where we wanted to be. She is all heart down the lane, that horse. Head to head she dug through and finished strong.”

After making a successful 3-year-old debut for trainer Mac Robertson, Amy’s Challenge, an Artie Schiller filly, increased her bankroll to $136,800. She returned $4.80, $2.60 and $2.20 as the 7-5 second choice in the field.

The next race for 3-year-old fillies is the one-mile Martha Washington Stakes Feb. 10.

Live racing resumes Sunday with a 1:30 p.m. first post.

Winning trainer Mac Robertson (Amy’s Challenge): “It looked like she bobbled a little the second jump, and just kind of ‘Oomph,’ and then natural speed put her right there. I thought (Jareth) Loveberry gave her a great ride. He waited right until the end. (Steve) Asmussen’s filly is awfully fast, but maybe at the end she was getting a little tired, too, so great ride.”

Winning jockey Jareth Loveberry (Amy’s Challenge): “She took a little bit of a bobble out of the gate, just a little slip. It actually made it better because she got to sit and relax off it just a little bit.”

“It was actually pretty good. I just sat off of it, kind of let the speed go with each other and sat right there. It kind of dictated where we wanted to be. She is all heart down the lane, that horse. Head to head she dug through and finished strong.”

Jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. (Mia Mischief, second): “She ran a good race, she missed a few weeks of training and I know we had snow days but she ran a good race and she tried hard to the end. Next, race she won’t be topped.”

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