Regal Glory and Varenka dead heat for the win in G2 Lake Placid Stakes

Daughter of Animal Kingdom earns her third consecutive Stakes victory

Regal Glory survived a rainstorm and a frantic three-horse photo finish that eventually was declared to be a dead heat victory between Regal Glory and Varenka in the G2 Lake Placid Stakes at Saratoga Aug. 17.

Regal Glory provided her sire, Animal Kingdom, with a Stakes double at Saratoga on Saturday afternoon. Just one race earlier on the card, his daughter Oleksandra rallied late to win the Listed Smart N Fancy Stakes by a length.

The field of three-year-old fillies broke cleanly out of the starting gate, with Blowout charging to the lead heading into the clubhouse turn. Staying out in the two-path, Blowout cruised along on an uncontested lead over Amandrea. Vow To Recover traveled in third, while Regal Glory and Varenka moved as a pair behind that filly.

Blowout continued to keep Amandrea at bay in the stretch, but Varenka and Regal Glory were closing in rapidly on the longtime leader. The fillies hit the wire in a blanket finish. It took a photo to determine that Regal Glory and Varenka hit the line in a dead heat, with Blowout a neck back in third.

Bred in Kentucky by her owner, Paul P. Pompa Jr., Regal Glory is out of the More Than Ready mare, Mary’s Follies, winner of the G2 Mrs. Revere Stakes and G3 Boiling Springs. Regal Glory is a half-sister to Night Prowler, winner of the G3 Transylvania Stakes and G3 Dania Beach Stakes.

Animal Kingdom is the sire of twelve Black-Type winners including G1 Australian Derby winner Angel of Truth, G2 winner Untamed Domain, and G3 winner Elsa. He is also the sire of Ahimsa, winner of the Osunitas Stakes and Oleksandra, winner of the Smart N Fancy Stakes.