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Lady Eli ends skid with win in Grade 1 Gamely at Santa Anita

2014 Breeder's Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

ARCADIA, CA - OCTOBER 31: Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard Lady Eli wins the Juvenile Fillies Turf during the 2014 Breeder’s Cup at Santa Anita Park on October 31, 2014, in Arcadia, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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ARCADIA, Calif. -- Lady Eli won the $300,000 Gamely Stakes for fillies and mares by a half-length at Santa Anita, ending a two-race skid as the heavy 3-5 favorite.

Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Lady Eli ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:45.29 on Saturday.

Goodyearforroses was second, followed by Avenge, Mokat and Pretty Girl.

Lady Eli paid $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10. All but $18,388 of the total show pool of $315,505 was wagered on her in the Grade 1 race.

The 5-year-old dark brown mare has eight wins in 11 career starts and has never finished worse than second for New York-based trainer Chad Brown, who won the Preakness with Cloud Computing last weekend.

Lady Eli was coming off two close losses: by a nose in the Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland in April and by a head in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf last November.