Connections to Consider $100,000 The Very One for 7-Year-Old Mare
Sheldon Russell Earns First Win of Comeback
Four-Day Race Week Kicks Off Thursday with Rainbow 6 Carryover
LAUREL, MD – Ninatt Gardner’s Royal Renege, unhurried near the back of the pack in the early going, came with a steady drive on the far outside to run down leaders Daylight Ahead and Giddy Up and win Sunday’s featured second race at Laurel Park.
A 7-year-old Pennsylvania-bred mare making her first start in nine months for trainer Liz Merryman, Royal Renege ($16.60) ran 5 ½ furlongs in 1:01.62 over a Fort Marcy Turf Course labeled firm to win the $47,000 third-level optional claiming allowance by a length.
It was the fifth career win for Royal Renege, now 13-for-22 lifetime in top three finishes, fourth at the distance and second at Laurel, where she has been off the board just once in six lifetime races.