Southlawn Upsets Fair Grounds Oaks

Southlawn (f, 3, Pioneerof the Nile–Mo d’Amour, by Uncle Mo), a runaway, eight-length optional claiming winner at Fair Grounds with first-time Lasix in her sophomore debut Feb. 17, came charging home with an impressive run to upset Saturday’s GII Fair Grounds Oaks.

Drawn on the fence, the 7-1 chance trailed the field of five heading into the clubhouse turn. Southlawn traveled nicely in an inside fourth down the backstretch and set her sights on the top two as they straightened.

Last out GII Rachel Alexandra S. heroine Pretty Mischievous (Into Mischief) took over from favored Hoosier Philly (Into Mischief) and looked well on her way as they straightened, but Southlawn was just winding up. Tipped out into the clear, Southlawn came rolling over the top to win going away by three lengths. Pretty Mischievous was second; The Alys Look (Connect) was third.

Southlawn, a five-length maiden winner going a mile at second asking in an Ellis off the turfer July 31, was a well-beaten seventh in the GIII Pocahontas S. at Churchill Sept. 17. Switched to grass facing allowance company in her next two, she was off the board on both occasions, finishing ninth at Keeneland Oct. 28 and fifth in her juvenile finale at Churchill Nov. 20.

Southlawn becomes the 25th graded/48th stakes winner for the late Pioneerof the Nile. Broodmare sire Uncle Mo is now responsible for four graded winners and 11 stakes winners. SW & MGSP Mo d’Amour is also represented by a Quality Road colt of 2021 and a Constitution colt of this year.

Sales history: $290,000 yrl ’21 KEESEP.

Lifetime Record: 7-3-0-0.

O-Robert E. Masterson; B-WinStar Farm, LLC (Ky); T-Norm W. Casse.

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