Lovell ‘So Proud’ Of Longshot Change Of Control After Saturday Stakes Win

Roddy Harrison’s Change of Control, the longest shot in the field at odds of 35-1, surged by favored Abyssinian in deep stretch to post a 1 ¾-length victory in the inaugural running of the $98,350 Mamzelle Overnight Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs.

Trained by Michelle Lovell and ridden by Gabriel Saez, Change of Control covered the five furlongs on a firm Matt Winn Turf Course in :56.25. This was her first start on turf.

“I’m so proud of (Change of Control),” said Lovell. “We broke well from the gate but I got a little worried when she dropped back in the field. Then, I could tell she really wasn’t getting a hold of the ground at first. Finally, around the turn, she really started to kick it into gear and I thought ‘We may have a shot here.’ Sure enough, she just exploded home. We’ve tried to get her on the turf in her last couple of starts but the rain kept washing them off. I think we found out she really likes the turf.”

The victory was worth $61,067 and increased Change of Control’s earnings to $99,787 with a record of 7-2-1-1. Change of Control is a daughter of Fed Biz out of the Quiet American mare America’s Blossom and was bred in Kentucky by John O’Meara.

“It was such a thrilling race and such a relief to finally get this filly on turf,” Lovell said. “We’ve tried and tried to get her to run on the grass but the rain kept washing off the races. She really proved herself Saturday and it was such a fun way to get our first stakes victory in our backyard at Churchill Downs.”

Lovell, a former jockey, has been based at Churchill Downs since 2011 and one of five female trainers stabled at Churchill Downs. The others are Chelsey Coady, Monnie Goetz, Genevieve Londono and Helen Pitts.

“In an industry dominated by males, it goes to show women are just as capable of doing the job,” Lovell said.

Lovell is a native of West Palm Beach, Fla. and became a jockey in 1988. Following an eight-year stint in the saddle, Lovell began training horses in 2003 in Texas and Louisiana before shifting her stable to Kentucky.

“I still get the luxury of riding everyday getting aboard my horse (stable pony) Elwood,” Lovell said. “I enjoyed my time riding races but I also love training and seeing horses develop.”

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