February 9th, 2014

FIRST SAMURAI’S LEA WINS DONN H.-G1

Winner of the Hal’s Hope S.-G3 in his first start on dirt last time out,LEA (by FIRST SAMURAI) pressed the pace down the backstretch in Gulfstream’s Donn H.-G1, then took the lead with authority in the turn.  Eclipse Champion and field favorite Will Take Change tired to chase him down in the stretch, but LEA prevailed by a comfortable 1 1/4 lengths. Ridden by Joel Rosario and trained by Bill Mott, LEA set a new track record, going the 1 1/8 mile-distance in a sensational 1:46.86.

Lea  wins Donn H.-G1

Bred in Kentucky by owners Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm, LEA was raised at Claiborne Farm (see photo).  He is the first foal out of Greenery, a stakes-placed daughter of Galileo.  Now a Graded stakes winner on both dirt and turf, LEA has won six races and placed in four others from 12 starts.  He has earned $709,618.

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