LEA’s multiple stakes placed daughter Poppy Flowers got a well-deserved stakes victory on Sunday with a late burst to win the Stormy Blues Stakes at Laurel.
Poppy Flower was happy to sit near the rear of the field down the backstretch of the 5 ½ furlong race and didn’t make her presence known until the stretch.
As the field crossed into the final furlong, Poppy Flower angled through a hole and put on an impressive burst of speed to win by 1 1/4 lengths in the end.
The victory was the sixth top three finish in eight starts for Arnmore Thoroughbreds’ Poppy Flower, who is trained by a man familiar to LEA in his own trainer Bill Mott. Poppy Flower was also a successful juvenile runner with a second in the Listed Bolton Landing and a third in the Ainsworth Stakes.
Poppy Flower is out of the multiple stakes placed mare Nisharora, who is a granddaughter of Prix de Diane (G1) winner Lypharita. The family also includes Group 2 winners Dandino and Blushing Risk among others.
The 3-year-old is from LEA’s biggest and best crop yet with that group including multiple stakes winner Media Luna and stakes winner Kavod, who was also fourth in the Rebel Stakes (G2).