Sagamore Farm’s homebred 4-year-old filly Riley’s Choice bested the competition and held off favorite Majestic Reason to win the $75,000 All Brandy at Laurel Park on Sept. 29. The chestnut daughter of Distorted Humor and Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf-G1 winner Shared Account led gate-to-wire in the one-mile off-the-turf stakes for Maryland-bred and/or Maryland-sired fillies and mares, winning by two and three-quarters lengths in 1:36.56. It was the Horacio DePaz-trained filly’s fourth win, and first stakes win, from 13 career starts.

Riley’s Choice is the second foal out of the Pleasantly Perfect mare Shared Account, and her first stakes winner. Purchased by Sagamore Farm as a yearling for $170,000 at the Keeneland September sale in 2007, Shared Account went on to earn $1,649,427, counting among her six wins two additional graded stakes – the Lake Placid-G2 at Saratoga and All Along-G3 at Colonial Downs – and five stakes placings, three Grade 1s.

Shared Account’s first foal, a colt by Bernardini named R J Bentley, was unplaced in three starts. Her 3-year-old daughter I’m Pretty Strong (by Street Cry-Ire) is a winner of two of six starts for Sagamore Farm this year, both at Delaware Park, and was second in Delaware Park’s George Rosenberger Memorial Stakes on the same afternoon as Riley’s Choice’s All Brandy win.

Sagamore sold Shared Account’s yearling filly by Speightstown, named Sharing, to Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners for $350,000 at the Fasig-Tipton select sale in Saratoga in August.

Riley’s Choice broke her maiden in frontrunning fashion in her second career start at 2 going six furlongs over Laurel’s main track, and just missed her first stakes score when second by a nose in the Pearl Necklace Stakes at Laurel on the turf in July 2017. She came into the All Brandy off a fourth-place finish in Laurel’s Jameela Stakes, two lengths behind by the winner Rocky Policy. She has now earned $171,038.

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