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La Verdad rings true in Broadway victory

By Jenny Kellner | 03/29/2014 05:52 PM ET
La Verdad
PHOTO/Photo/Chelsea Durand

Heavily favored La Verdad grabbed the lead coming out of the gate and never looked back as she splashed to a 3 ¼-length victory in the $100,000 Broadway for New York-bred fillies and mares on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

A 4-year-old daughter of Yes It's True ridden by Jose Ortiz, La Verdad cruised through an open quarter-mile in 22.80 seconds over the sloppy main track with Risky Rachel and Here's Zealicious in pursuit. Shaking clear of those rivals as the half went in 46.26, La Verdad opened up by nearly four lengths turning for home and was never challenged as she crossed the finish line in 1:11.55 for six furlongs.

"She's a nice horse, a nice New York-bred," said Ortiz. "It was easy company here. She did what she had to do. She handled [the sloppy track] very good. She had won on [an off track] before, and she liked the track today."

The win marked the first in a stakes for the Lady Sheila Stable color-bearer, who was second in the Grade 2, seven-furlong Barbara Fritchie at Laurel Park on February 22. Overall, La Verdad is 6-1-0 from eight career starts, with her only off-the-board performance a fourth on debut in May 2013.

"She's a big filly so we took our time getting started with her," said trainer Linda Rice. "Then last summer, she got an infection, and I had to give her the summer off, but she's come back with a vengeance."

Rice said the next start for La Verdad likely would be the Grade 2, $200,000 Distaff on April 19 at the Big A.

"I wanted to use this race as a prep for the Distaff, and I was a little shocked at how tough it came up," said Rice. "I was concerned I didn't have her quite tight enough for today; Jose said she was blowing a little bit, but she should be better next time. I didn't want to have her over the top for the Grade 2."

Sent off at 4-5, La Verdad returned $3.60 for a $2 win bet and earned $60,000 for Lady Sheila Stable, which purchased her in December.

Finishing second was Hot Rendezvous, with Sunny Desert a head back in third. Completing the order of finish were Make the Moment, Here's Zealicious, Cape Cod Carol, Ave's Halo, and Risky Rachel. Vicki's Dancer was scratched.