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John and Cheryl Banner’s homebred My Sistersledge battled the length of the stretch with 60-1 long shot My Vixen and prevailed to earn her second straight victory in the $125,000 Maryland Million Ladies on Oct. 20 at Laurel Park.

 

Favored at 3-5 in the field of nine, My Sistersledge completed the mile and an eighth in 1:55.74 over a yielding Dahlia turf course to win by a neck. Stablemate Magician’s Vanity was third, a length and three-quarters behind 6-year-old My Vixen, who was making her stakes debut in her 22nd start.

It was the second straight win for My Sistersledge, and gave trainer Mike Trombetta his eighth career Maryland Million victory. The 4-year-old daughter of former Bonita Farm stallion Etched has been ultra consistent this year, winning four of eight starts, with three third-place finishes. Her only other stakes appearance this year was in the Jameela at Laurel in August going six furlongs on the turf where she was third behind Rocky Policy and two-time Maryland Million Distaff winner Crabcakes. From 20 career starts, My Sistersledge boasts a record of 6-2-7 and earnings of $315,355. She has four wins, a second and three thirds on the Laurel turf in eight lifetime tries.

“I felt such pride last year and I was hoping I’d be able to feel that again this year. It’s very special,” Cheryl Banner said. “She’s just a blessing. She’s brought us great joy.”

My Sistersledge won last year’s Ladies by a nose in a 5-1 upset over even-money favorite Great Soul, her only other stakes victory.

My Sistersledge is one of six winners for the Miesque’s Son mare Blushing Bride. The mare hasn’t produced a foal since 2015, a full brother to My Sistersledge named My Brothersledge who is a winner this year at Laurel.

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