Dipping In gave second-crop sire LEA his fifth career stakes winner and second in three weeks on Friday night with a victory in the Useetit Stakes at Remington Park in her stakes debut.
Racing over a mile on the dirt, Dipping In raced a few paths wide throughout much of the race near the back of the tight pack. David Cabrera angled Dipping In to an open rail spot around the far turn to set her up perfectly for a closing run in the stretch. Angling around a fading runner on the rail as they entered the final furlong, Dipping In came up the inside of the dueling leaders in the final sixteenth and took command before either realized she had the lead.
Dipping In was pulling away in the end to win by a length for her second straight victory after a four length Allowance win last month.
A half-sister to the stakes-winning Fastongrass out of the Runaway Groom mare Soloing, Dipping In is trained by Ray Ashford Jr. for Ron Stolich and was winning her third race of the year to take her career earnings to $129,308.
Bred by Center Hills Farm, Dipping In is a granddaughter of Grade 1 winner First Approach. That mare is also the dam of Grade 2 winner and Grade 1-placed Spring Season, who herself is the granddam of Grade 1 winner Spring Quality with WAR FRONT’S stakes placed Dinner’s Out also in the family.
Dipping In is the second stakes winner in three weeks for LEA after Gibberish’s victory in the Treasure Chest Stakes. A dual-surface graded stakes winner himself, LEA has already seen his first two crops produce stakes winners on both the dirt and turf.