Hillside Equestrian Meadows’ Laki became a stakes winner for the second time in his career when he was elevated to victory following the disqualification of favored Lewisfield for interference in deep stretch of the $100,000 Polynesian Stakes at Laurel Park on Aug. 12.
Stretch drive of Polynesian Stakes. Laki (#2) on the outside
The seven-furlong Polynesian was the fourth of five races in the 3-year-old and up dirt sprint division of the revived Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship (MATCH) Series.
It is the sixth win from nine career starts at Laurel for Laki ($16.60), a 5-year-old son of Maryland sire Cuba trained by Damon Dilodovico whose previous stakes victory came as the favorite in the 2017 Not For Love against fellow Maryland-breds. Bred by Tom Michaels and Lorna Baker, out of the Swear by Dixie mare Truthful Dutch, Laki was a late foal, born in June, and didn’t make his first start until late in his 3-year-old season. He has now earned $250,542 from 13 lifetime starts.
Laki had finished behind Lewisfield in their last two meetings, when sixth in the Grade 3 Maryland Sprint at Pimlico on the Preakness Day undercard, and third in Monmouth Park’s Mr. Prospector Stakes in June, both races contested at six furlongs. Lewisfield had won four of his previous five starts at Laurel, most recently in the Not For Love Stakes this past March.
“I was very excited to stretch him out to seven furlongs,” Dilodovico said. “When you’re running against Lewisfield, I was looking for something that might be a little bit of an equalizer and that horse is so good going six that maybe we could have a slight advantage going seven. That horse is so tough and to run with him is incredible.” Read more