Fault Circles The Field For Adoration Victory

With three furlongs to run in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes, heavily favored Fault’s prospects were anything but bright, as she was last in a field of seven with slow fractions to overcome.  That mattered not however, as she rallied four-wide turning for home and reeled in longshot Shenandoah Queen in the shadow of the wire to win going away by a half length under Geovanni Franco.  Trained by Phil D’Amato, the 4-year-old daughter of Blame got a mile and a sixteenth in 1:44.84 while posting her third consecutive graded win since joining D’Amato’s shed row in January.

“I knew the pace was slow and the filly wanted to be closer, but I decided to wait,” said Franco, who has been aboard for all three of her wins this year.  “I wanted to try and do what we did last time, which was to swing out and let her make her run.  That’s what she really loves to do and she made the same run she did last time.  She’s really special.”

Owned by Agave Racing Stable and Little Red Feather Racing, Fault, who had been based in the Midwest last year, followed up on wins here in the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes on turf Feb. 17 and the Grade I Santa Margarita on dirt on March 17.

Off at 3-5, she paid $3.20, $2.80 and $2.10.

Out of the Horse Chestnut mare Charming N Loveable, Fault registered her fourth graded stakes win while improving her overall record to 16-6-3-2.  With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $618,795.

“She did her thing today,” said Billy Koch of Little Red Feather Racing.  “It’s really incredible and impressive with those fractions to be able to close like that, especially after losing all that ground.”

Ridden by Tyler Baze, Shenandoah Queen stalked pacesetter Mended to midstretch, took the lead inside the sixteenth pole and was second best in a gallant effort.

Off at 44-1, Shenandoah Queen, who finished one length in front of Mended, paid $15.00 and $7.60.

Trained by John Martin and ridden by Ricardo Gonzalez, Mended, who finished one length in front of La Force, was off at 7-1 and paid $3.40 to show.

Fractions on the race were 24.16, 48.40, 1:12.87 and 1:38.24.

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