LAUREL, Md. – Following double-digit upsets in the first four races on the Labor Day holiday program, First Row Partners and Hidden Brook Farm’s Nay Lady Nay restored order with a popular and easy 5 ½-length triumph in the 49th running of the $100,000 All Along.
Under jockey Victor Carrasco, two-time graded-stakes winner Nay Lady Nay ($4) completed 1 1/8 miles in 1:51.88 over an Exceller turf course rated good. No Mo Lady, fourth in last year’s All Along, edged Beautiful Lover by a length for second, with pacesetter Jabuticaba running fourth.
Jabuticaba, off at 15-1 in a field reduced to four by scratches, was left alone to dictate a moderate pace up front of 24.71 seconds for a quarter-mile and 49.26 for the half. Nay Lady Nay on the inside and stakes-winning stablemate Beautiful Lover to her right ran together in behind, with No Mo Lady trailing.
Rounding the far turn, Jabuticaba began to drop back as Beautiful Lover swung to the outside and Nay Lady Nay waited for room along the rail. A spot opened up as they straightened for home and Nay Lady Nay shot through and opened up to earn her fifth win from eight career starts and fourth in a stakes, following the Parx Fillies Oaks and Mrs. Revere (G2) last fall and the Matchmaker (G3) last out July 18 at Monmouth Park.
“The instructions were not much. The assistant just said, ‘The eight horse is going to go, you guys sit together, save some ground and let her run at the end,’ and she got the job done,” Carrasco said. “I stayed patient and I stayed inside and I waited. I said, ‘If she opens up a little bit I’ve just got to go,’ and when I got out there she gave me everything she had.”
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Photo: Nay Lady Nay. Credit: Jerry Dzierwinski/Maryland Jockey Club