“ANGELA RENEE” WINS THE LADY SECRET
Angela Renee scored her first stakes victory on Monday at Monmouth Park since winning the Grade 1 Chandelier at Santa Anita as a 2-year-old in 2014.
Angela Renee went winless in five starts as a 3-year-old last season. She topped the Fasig-Tipton November sale in Kentucky when the Don Alberto Stable bought her for $3 million. By Bernardini out of the mare Pilfer, Angela Renee is a full sister to the stallion To Honor and Serve, a multiple Grade 1 winner of $1.8 million. Angela Renee had previously been owned by her breeder, Sienna Farm.
On Monday, in the $111,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes, jockey Paco Lopez took a hard hold of Angela Renee and tracked pacesetting Genre. Lopez moved Angela Renee closer on the far turn of the mile and 70-yard race, took the lead from Genre entering the stretch, and drew off to a two-length victory.
Angela Renee, who is now trained by Chad Brown, paid $5.60 as the favorite in the eight-horse field. She was timed in 1:40.77, and is now 4 for 14 in her career with earnings of $578,250.
Genre held second by a nose over her Todd Pletcher-trained stablemate Eskendereya, the narrow 3-1 second choice over Genre. It was 1 1/4 lengths back to High Ridge Road in fourth.
Joint Return broke slowly, lodged a four-wide bid on the far turn, and then flattened out in the stretch to finish fifth.