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The well-traveled 4-year-old filly I’m Betty G made her first start at Ellis Park a winning one, leading every step to take the $75,000 Kentucky Downs Preview Ladies Turf Stakes on Aug. 5 by a length in the prep for next month’s $500,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf-G3. The daughter of Into Mischief filly recorded her third straight victory – her first since taking the Lady Canterbury Stakes at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., on June 23.

“The filly broke good,” said jockey Tyler Gaffalione, who was riding at Ellis for the first time. “She’s always shown a lot of speed so I didn’t want to take anything away from her. When she made the lead, she got real comfortable and settled nicely. When I asked her for run coming into the stretch, she really kicked on.”

Final time for the 1 mile on the turf was 1:32.64, just .04 seconds off the 22-year-old mark.

The Ellis Preview Day stakes are designed as launching pads to lucrative stakes at Kentucky Downs’ early September elite meet. Following a concept popularized by the Breeders’ Cup, the winners of the Preview stakes are guaranteed a spot in the corresponding race at Kentucky Downs, as well as having their entry fees waived.

The win marked the third in five starts this year for I’m Betty G, and it raised her career earnings to $314,175 from 15 starts. I’m Betty G’s other stakes performances include a win in Laurel Park’s Pearl Necklace last summer, and six stakes-placings, including the Grade 3 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes at Keeneland and the Grade 3 Commonwealth Oaks at Laurel. She was bred by Carol Kaye and Boyce Stable, who also bred and raced her winning dam Lady in Ermine (by Honour and Glory). A $27,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling, I’m Betty G sold for $150,000 at the May sale to owner Three Diamonds Farm. Unplaced at 2, she was initially trained by Todd Pletcher before being sent to the barn of Mike Maker early in her 3-year-old season. In 12 starts for Maker, she boasts a record of five wins, a second, five thirds and a fourth.

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